“And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business,
and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;
That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without,
and that ye may have lack of nothing.”
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
Christmas brings out the creativity in talented people, and even want-to-be creatives like me. I love seeing the diversity of people’s decorating, hosting, gift-giving, and holiday cooking skills. It’s interesting that no two homes are alike. Each one displays the beautiful creativity as unique as the families behind the doors. Often, hobbies are great resources for making these Christmas celebrations the wonderful festivities we love. It’s simply fun that everyone can do it—children and adults alike. There’s no right or wrong way. With even simple design and craft skills, we can all learn to make our own party decorations, become great hostesses, make personalized gifts, experience with new recipes and share our life’s blessings with others.
Creativity has endless possibilities, no matter our skill set or financial status. Our hobbies should suit our abilities, passions and purposes. We should never feel undue pressure, shame or guilt for not measuring up to professionals or social media posts.
I like being creative and learning to make things with my hands. There’s a pleasant satisfaction in taking an idea, designing the pattern, gathering raw materials, and putting it all together to make a pretty or practical item.
It’s fun to invest our time, talents and treasures in providing festive places to celebrate, while making long-lasting memories with those we love. How we do that is up to us, and there are many creative ways to make it happen:
Celebrating with our Time
Every time we make time for others, they see that we took time for them. Using our hobby time, to celebrate special occasions with homemade gifts, for friends, family, co-workers or acquaintances says, “I value you and want to share my limited time with you. You mean more to me than a thoughtless gift I bought on sale at the last minute for you.”
Celebrating with our Talents
God blessed each of us with our own talents and we should celebrate with them. They make us special and unique and make the world the beautiful place it is. One of the worse things we can do is try to be like everyone else and hide our own God-given creativity. The holiday season is a great time to incorporate our talents and hobbies into our celebrations.
Celebrating with our Treasures
Sharing what we make is a great way to celebrate the treasures we have been blessed with. We can re-gift tools and materials or repair and repurpose things we don’t want anymore. It’s how we give away some of ourselves and not just our stuff. God doesn’t bless us so we can hoard those blessings for ourselves.
Hobbies often seem like self-indulgent endeavors that we only engage in at our leisure and for our pleasure. But, they are also experiences we can use for a greater good—sharing God’s blessings with others.
Celebrating with what we enjoy makes our celebrations even more personable and enjoyable. Let’s continue growing our talents and skills, practicing our smiles, and sharing our hobbies in creative ways that could bring a “new happy” to 2022.
“She looketh well to the ways of her household,
and eateth not the bread of idleness.” Proverbs 31:27
Bring It Home
How do use your hobbies or creativity to celebrate Christmas?
Praying for you as we grow together,