This Christmas season, I have resolved to not get stressed, to not care that I get the "perfect" gifts for people, to not care that I make every Christmas party. That's not what its about. It's about the seeing "the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14b) That's what I want people to see and find joy in this Christmas.
While Jess was here she reminded me of the great advice that so many of the women at her church post on their lovely blogs. I started catching up on some of these blogs and was inspired to make an action plan to really make Christmas about Christ. My little action plan (every developing - send me ideas please) looks like this:
- Purchase/Make simple gifts for friends and family - take the focus of "stuff," so there's room to focus on Christ.
- Do an Advent (4 weeks leading up to Christmas) study with my husband. These are two that were recommended on these so said blogs (thanks Heather Hendrick and Kendra Duty). I love the study we're doing because it includes singing (learning in some cases) old Christmas hymns. I love one of Heather's ideas of inviting friends over for dinner or dessert and having them share in your advent study for that day.
- Complete shopping for "simple" gits by the first weekend of December. Next year, I'm aiming for Nov. 1st!
- Making a Christmas/Year-end donation to those ministries that have helped us grow spiritually and treasure Christ more this past year.
I hope you too can treasure and find much joy in celebrating Advent and Christmas this year.