“Dad’s passivity with all of us was deafening. The lack of his direction was heartbreaking,” shares
Robert Lewis. 1 He calls his father the invisible dad who was present but rarely
As a father, I want my children to remember a visible dad fully involved in
their lives. The holiday season provides
ample moments for dads to engage their
children. So, how can dads maximize
holiday experiences and pass on spiritual
truths to our families?
Every year November and December
offer plenty of occasions, or holidays, for
talking about the Lord. The original deri-
vation of the word holiday comes from
the words holy day. Christian dads can
seize opportunities all around them for
recognizing Thanksgiving and Christmas
as holy holidays. Let’s look at God’s ex-
ample of celebrating holy days.
God, as a Father, wove the remembrance of special days into the fabric of
His people’s existence. He instructed the
Jews to set aside certain days and weeks
of the year for these holy days. The sixteenth chapter of Deuteronomy includes
specific instructions on how to observe
three of them: the Feast of Unleavened
Bread, the Feast of Firstfruits, and the
Feast of Tabernacles. The Lord’s lessons
then serve as models today for how God’s
people can approach our holy days.
According to this chapter in Deuteron-
omy, several activities are to be included
in these celebrations:
• Worshiping together with other be-
These ancient Jewish instructions
speak to any modern-day fathers who
want to influence their families for the
Lord. We too can learn from the book
of Deuteronomy and apply its words in
principle to our lives.
As we plan for Thanksgiving and
Christmas, here are seven ways we as
dads can intentionally lead our wives and
children to Jesus.
1. Create a Thanksgiving tree.
The weekend before Thanksgiving, I tell
my family, “Get out the construction pa-
per. It is time to make our Thanksgiving
Ways for Dads to Teach Spiritual
As a father, I want my children to remember
Lessons During the Holidays
by Rhett H. Wilson
a visible dad fully involved in their lives.