Thursday, December 1, 2011

Super-Sized SkyMom Gathering~Maggianos-Northpark for Park Cities/Highland Park, Texas

Maggianos-Northpark for Park Cities/Highland Park

A special thanks to our hostesses:
Kathy, Michelle, Jennifer, Kathy Jackson, Rochelle and Amy 
who sponsored tables and invited their friends to enjoy food, fun, fellowship, and spiritual encouragement! 

A special thanks to Lisa Clark, 
Sky Ranch SkyMoms Parenting Mentor, 
who gave us an practical tips on beginning

" Family Traditions- Its Never to Late to Start!"

This message was about including our kids in ways of intentional traditions with our children all year year long and not just at the holiday season.
It could be making the favorite Saturday pancakes each weekend that you always make, the Friday game night you establish, or the Sunday Family meal time at the at family table you require.  
In our home it is a tradition to always make the green bean bundles and cream corn at Thanksgiving, and we always play a family game of baccarat that last for hours!

Here are a few of the Christmas Traditions that Lisa shared today at the Sky Gathering....I love these traditions so much that I have adopted them into my own home...

The Christmas Box

Here’s what you need to make the box:
White wrapping paper
An empty box (mid-size)
Red ribbon and bow

With the box you can share the gospel – We sit the box at the front of our tree.  The “red” symbolizes His blood that was shed on the cross for our sins.  (“Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins.”  Hebrews 9:22) The “empty box” symbolizes the empty tomb.  3 days after he was buried He rose from the grave and is alive.  The tomb was empty!  (Matthew 28:2-7)  The “white” symbolizes our sins being washed away white as snow.  (Isaiah 1:18)   And the “green” symbolizes our new life in Christ after we accept Him as Savior.  “Therefore, if any man is in Christ he is a new creation.”   2 Corinthians 5:17
Keeping Christ in Christmas is very hard with all the commercialism and materialism.  This is just a small way to maintain the focus on Jesus Christ.  
The Three Gifts at Christmas

When our children were young, we could see that gift “getting” was becoming more important than gift giving, and certainly more important than celebrating Jesus’ birthday.  So, like many families, we decided to limit their gifts to 3 just like Jesus received.  Remember, when the 3 Kings came to visit Him, they brought 3 gifts.  (Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.  Matthew 2:11) This keeps it simple and focused.  
The Christmas Jars 

This is a book written by Jason F. Wright.  I read it several years ago at a friend’s request and it has been a part of our year and Christmas ever since.  The book explains it best, but the premise it to collect your change all year in a mason jar and then on Christmas Eve, leave it on someone’s porch who would be blessed by this small gift.  It won’t change their lives by any means, but it could bless them tremendously.  Our family prays about whom to give the jar to each year and it has become one of our favorite traditions.  

Enjoy....what are your traditions?????
Upcoming other Super-Sized Gatherings are:

Prestonwood South Location-North Dallas Texas ~  January 19, 2012
Ricks Chophouse -McKinney, TX ~  February 8, 2012
Maggianos- Northpark for Park Cities/Highland Park, Texas ~  February 29, 2012
Stonebriar Country Club- Frisco, Texas ~  April 19, 2012


Tori Miller
Sky Ranch SkyMom Ministry Director

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