Traditionally, we (men) view the Christmas season as a time for our wives to shine. So, we leave the tree trimming, baking, holiday decor and family environs to our wives to accomplish. After all, fluffy trees and baking may not be strong suits for us. But, what if we viewed this through a different lens? There are countless opportunities during the holidays to model what loving, sacrificial leadership looks like in our homes. It can be a special time to die to our selfish desires and serve those we claim to love supremely.
So, here’s a list of 10 things that I’d challenge you with to stretch you that may very well have a profound impact on your family…
1) Ask your wife what you can do to help her in the kitchen.
2) Initiate a family game night with your family.
3) If your family is setting up the tree, make this an exciting time by drawing out stories and memories that come with ornaments.
4) Explain to your children what a joy it is for you to celebrate the holiday season with them.
5) Prioritize moments where your family will be able to worship with other believers during Advent.
6) Plan a surprise date night for your wife and take time to drive around town and look at Christmas lights, just the two of you.
7) Surprise your children by picking them up from school to do a fun holiday activity together.
8) Take steps for your family to serve others in some way.
9) Plan a family movie night and don’t hold anything back.
10) Draw your wife and kids close and read them the Christmas story from Matthew 1 and Luke 2.
What other ways can you think of that might serve your wife and kids? Wives, what impact would this have on your home?
I hope this Advent season brings the joy of Christ radiating through godly husbands.