December 1, 2015

Christmas Traditions Becoming a Chore? Maybe it’s Time for a New One

Christmas traditions abound. Some are meaningful and sentimental, while others can be fun, or even silly. One relatively new Christmas tradition that has been adopted by many families, especially ones with young children at home, is the Elf on the Shelf. Perhaps you’ve heard of it.

For the price of $29.95, you can get an Elf on the Shelf kit. A “tradition in a box,” if you will. It comes with a book and an elf doll, complete with a pointy hat and shifty eyes. The story goes that the elf is Santa’s eyes and ears in the home. Every night, the elf reports back to Santa, and returns to the home by morning. Sounds like a cute, fun story, right? Well, it is. But soon the parents realize they are required to move the elf every night after the kids go to bed. What starts out as a fun tradition can quickly turn into a chore, especially since there is the added pressure to come up with creative “antics” for their elf to get into each night.

At Cornerstone, we think traditions are important. They can bring a family closer as they create memories together. They also offer a way to remember or celebrate things that are important to you and your family. But when they become a chore, or you can’t even remember why you do them, perhaps it’s time to adopt a new tradition.

One of our Christmas traditions at Cornerstone is known as the “Story Service,” which will take place on Christmas Eve this year. Every year, Pastor Ron Armstrong chooses a story to share with the congregation and uses it as a jumping off point for a Christmas message. This year’s story is titled The Sparkle Box: A Gift with the Power to Change Christmas. This children’s book, by author Jill Hardie, tells the story of a family who chooses to use the Christmas season as a time to show kindness to those around them who are in need.

While the book is geared toward children, the ensuing message by Pastor Ron will inspire children and adults alike to consider the true meaning of Christmas, and possibly to adopt a new, meaningful Christmas tradition in their homes.

If you’ve never attended Cornerstone before, Christmas Eve is a great time to try us out. The service will have something for everyone—traditional Christmas carols, contemporary music, a children’s element, a welcoming, festive environment, and, of course, a message about Jesus. Plan a visit.

If you regularly attend Cornerstone, Christmas Eve would be a great time to invite family and friends. They’ll hear about the true meaning of Christmas, and get a feel for what they can expect at a regular Sunday service at Cornerstone. They can also experience the warm, friendly environment that so many people love about our church!

All Christmas Eve services will be held in our Main Sanctuary. Service times will be 1:00PM, 2:30PM, 4:00PM, 5:30PM and 7:00PM. Childcare for all Christmas Eve services is provided, free of charge, for ages 0-4. Children ages 5 and older will attend services with their families.

To see what else is happening at Cornerstone for the holidays (and beyond), visit our calendar page.

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