Lessons from the Scene: Holidays Are Celebrated with Visuals by Stanley Leary

 

by Stanley Leary

 
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Turn on the radio this time of year and you are most likely to hear Bing Crosby singing White Christmas.
 
Many of us will watch those classic movies like: White Christmas; Miracle on 34th Street; It's a Wonderful Life; and many more that you might name.
 
Even though it’s just a song on the radio it still conjures up the visuals in my head.
 
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Nativity Scenes
 
At our house and most of my extended family, we put up Nativity Scenes of the first Christmas. This one here above is more traditional, but our family has made them at our church during Advent family events.
 
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Why have events to make nativity scenes when you can buy ones that most likely are of better quality? The holidays are about memories. We are to remember our faith and we do things to help create new memories around these core tenants of our faith.
 

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Ornaments
 
We love to decorate our tree and many families do the same. Each year our family puts ornaments on together. Each person has ornaments special to them that they put on each year. This tradition is so fun.
 
Since our family has allergies to live trees, we now have a fake tree. When my daughter was just a toddler, I had her help me put up the tree. She would hand me the parts and I would assemble them.
 
The following year my daughter came to me and said it’s time for us to put up the tree. I turned and looked at my wife and she said it’s now a tradition.
 
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Each ornament on our tree has a story. So each year we assemble our stories and as we look at the tree during the holidays it will help us remember Christmas from over the years. Also, as we celebrate this year we will be creating new memories.
 
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This is our son in the Afghanistan. This will be our first Christmas without him around during the holidays.
 
The Word became Flesh
 
John 1:14
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
 
I like this time of year because this is when I celebrate the coming of the Messiah. God became visual to us through Christ.
 
Every story I read about him is one that conjures those visuals. Even the parables that he told also were visual.
 
Just think about it, when God wants our attention he has used visuals. He knows we are wired to want to see something.
 
Big events are celebrated visually
 
Now if we use visuals to celebrate holidays to help us remember the stories of our faith and families, then shouldn't we use this medium to tell the important stories in other places?
 
Are you using visuals to help tell your companies story and mission?