I think the reason we keep talking about keeping Christ at the center of Christmas is because it is just so hard to do.

My dad always read the Christmas story first thing Christmas morning when we were kids. And I remember how hard it was to pay attention because we knew what was next: After the Christmas story we opened our gifts.

I don’t want the joy of Jesus to be drowned out by the happiness of Christmas. Every year I want to do better than I’ve ever done before at treasuring Christ at Christmas. But the problem is I usually start thinking about it in December and by then it’s really hard to do anything different than what we’ve always done.

So now we’re in the middle of October and I pulled a book off my shelf: Treasuring God in Our Traditions by Noel Piper.

There’s a whole chapter just about treasuring Jesus during Advent and at Christmas. So this year I’m reading it now so that I can be ready when Christmas comes.

Want to join me?

 

3 Responses to Don’t let Christmas sneak up on you!

  1. Avary says:

    I have been mentally making a To Do list for little over a month now. A few ideas that I am planning to create this month in anticipation of the first of December are…Names of Christ ornaments . My son wants a mini Christmas tree in his room this year…these will be perfect to decorate his tree at bed time. Another idea…I’m creating an advent calendar from felt , Instead of a Gingerbread House, this year we are making a Gingerbread Stable
    …and a visit a 45 Live Nativity, ‘Journey to Bethlehem’
    Music to help focus my thoughts upward…

  2. Melissa says:

    Great ideas, Avary! Thanks for sharing them. I love the idea of hanging an ornament with a name of Christ at bedtime!

  3. Avary says:

    Hi Melissa, the book ‘O Come Let Us Adore Him’ by Carlson was recommended to me to go along with each ornament. I would love to hear your ideas as well 🙂

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