Does it feel like we just did this? I feel like we just finished last year’s Christmas. I found my Christmas to-do list like it never left my coat pocket. And I jumped right back into the routine of checking off each item. Now that my kids are old enough to enjoy it, I have focused even more on completing traditions. (Thanks to Pinterest, I have a host of new ideas and traditions to implement…oy vey.)
People all around me are going through the motions in a similar way, oblivious of the wonder and relief that Christmas is meant to bring. We get so caught up in making it perfect for the kids, we miss God’s intention for our own hearts.
In many ways, these five weeks from Thanksgiving to December have been commandeered by our enemy. Peace and joy have been traded for
- A stagnant maintaining of traditions
I am convinced that, as a grown woman, I desperately need Christmas. (Sorry Kranks, no skipping Christmas for me). This is the season we celebrate God’s plan for our redemption, salvation, and peace for humanity. Perhaps we need to find a way to redeem, save, and implement peace in the season itself.
For the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some ideas on how to rediscover wonder, power, excitement, giddiness, and peace this Christmas, like…
- Making room
- Rediscovering a heart for the lost
- this one good reason you should hurry more at the holidays.
But for now, I’d like to give you permission:
You are welcome to enjoy Christmas
- Set up a tree
- Get an advent calendar for yourself
- Watch Christmas movies
- Read a Christmas daily devotional
- Study the events surrounding the Jesse Tree in Scripture
- observe advent candles
- bake and decorate cookies,
- Sing Christmas songs (here’s my favorite playlist)
- Join community at church on Sunday and special events
- Hang lights and ponder the wonder of the Light of the World, born unto us
- Exchange gifts (here’s a good one for the single young-woman in your life)
Let me be the first to wish you a very, Merry Christmas!
*This post originally appeared in 2015 on Becky’s former blog, Campfire Grace. It has been updated to better serve the readers here. If it inspired you, would you please share this post to your favorite social media page?
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