The days are seem to be going by fast! (Or for some, extremely slow) Here are some things to ponder as we get caught up in the activity and joy of the holiday.
. Christmas should be a time of peace on earth. Not a busy, hectic time that we forget the One we should be celebrating.
. Don't worry and fret about all the things that need to or aren't getting done. If the gifts are late, and the cookies are not yet made, the house is a mess and it seems we have a whole load of presents still to wrap, don't fret and waste time worrying about it.
The gifts will come eventually, and no matter when the cookies are done, the memory of it is there. A messy house, though not always preferred is a sign of a living, healthy, and happy home.
. We shouldn't be worried about sharing our joy and hospitality with others, or be pulled back from the true Christmas spirit on account of busyness.
. Take time to sit back, enjoy the snowfall, smiling children, and all the festivities that the holiday brings. Most of all, thank the One who blesses you with it all, and for His coming to earth; Jesus Christ. He's all that should really matter in the hustle bustle of this Christmas season.
. Read the Christmas story together as a family. Make sure the focus is on Jesus Christ.
. A great way to explain to little ones who have trouble understanding why Christmas is not about presents but about Jesus is, tell them that we are celebrating Jesus' birthday. Maybe even make a cake that says "Happy Birthday Jesus!" It will certainly create a lasting memory.
. Adopt into your family, some fun traditions that honor each other and God. Traditions that can be passed on for generations.
Our family has an ornament exchange. We pick two names. One name is the person we have for gifts, and the other for the person we will buy stocking stuffers and ornaments for. We must have a reason that we picked that certain ornament for our person. Also, we like to be "secret angel" and do small kind things or give little gifts leading up to Christmas in secret, to our person who we will buy gifts for. If you already have some of your own, I'd love to hear them!
What are some of your traditions?
What are the hardest things for you to remember in this season?
Most of all, are you ready to give an effort and make Christ our ultimate focus not just on Christmas, but throughout the whole year?
I dearly hope, to all my readers, that you have a wonderful, blessed, and Christ honoring Christmas.