When does Christmas come to town? For me, it’s at Jingle Jam.
If I haven’t told you lately, I had a great childhood. My parents made every birthday, every holiday, really every single day special for my brother and me. I am so grateful to them for all the amazing memories. But I’ll share a secret…Christmas was my favorite.
I could go on and on about why, but just know that because of how special it always was for me, I wanted to make Christmas just as special for my kids. So, from finding the perfect tree, baking and decorating Grandma’s sugar cookies, breakfast with Santa, and reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas” together on Christmas Eve, wonderful memories were made together. I didn’t realize it at the time, but all the fun could have been even more special if there had been Jingle Jam.
Jingle Jam is a place where families in our church and our community get to experience the joy and magic of the season and celebrate the message and meaning of Christmas. And this year’s message for me was extra special!
I have always found lighthouses to be mysterious and beautiful. I’ve toured quite a few and love their stories. Did you know that lighthouses are viewed as a symbol of Hope, just like the first advent candle? They are beacons of light that provide safe passage, protection, and a way home. Just like Jesus is our beacon of light, providing safe passage, protection, and a way home, no matter how stormy life can get.
When we open God’s greatest gift, and accept His son as our Savior, His light will shine in and through us, changing the world around us. His light is a way home for everyone. It shows us that even in the darkness, we can have hope because of God’s unconditional love. It is a wonderful way to remember what Christmas is all about.
Thank you to all the families who took time to make Jingle Jam part of your Christmas. It is such a joy for us to share this special time of the year with you and see the beauty of Christmas through the eyes of your kids. It is our hope that you walked away not only sharing all the fun you had together, but also sharing all you learned about that first Christmas and excited about looking for ways for your family to shine the light of Jesus with your friends and neighbors this Christmas and into the new year
Thank you to all the volunteers, young and old, who made it possible for us to welcome and share God’s message of love with so many of our neighbors.
And thank you, God, for the greatest gift…Jesus, the light of the world.
John 8:12 – When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”