In my house that means coordinating lots of dates on the calendar for parties, musicals, and worship services, decorating the house, baking, meals with extended family, shopping, wrapping, sharing, giving, promising myself to get a good night’s rest each night (and failing miserably), and a bunch of other stuff, all jammed into the pretty short Advent season.
But Advent is about much more than all of those activities. And no matter how hard we try to make it special for our kids, special for our friends, special for ourselves, the most special thing has already been done: He came for us.
No matter how much busy-ness we decide to carry out or create, the best thing about Christmas has already happened. Unto us was born a Savior!
This season, as you rush from here to there, cramming things in to make the holiday special, please stop as often as you can and remember: He already made it special. And He made it special for each and every single one of us.
So how do you share this with your kids and also remember it yourself?
I’m going to try to focus on Him more and the other stuff less. Sure, I’ll still decorate, go to parties and do other things, but I’m making a point to stop and thank our Father as often as I can, rather than focus on how long my to-do list may be. And I plan to tell my kids all about it as I go and invite them to join me in saying “Thanks!”
Thank you, Father, for your son. Thank you, Father, for this season to really step back and reflect. And thank you, Father for the opportunity to celebrate by______. I’ll fill in the blank with whatever task I am doing or is overwhelming me. I have a feeling that, by regularly pausing, He will help me to keep my focus closer to where it needs to be.
Another way I keep my focus on Him is through something I first made for myself in 2008:
It’s an Advent calendar for moms and families. Each year I tweak the activities to fit and then follow them each day. If you’d like to join me, I’d love to know you are doing some of the things with me. Just click over and take a look.
What else can we do?
Cover our days in the Word.
It’s easy to get caught up in all the extra worship services and forget to read your Bible and pray each day. Try extra hard this December and let us know how it goes. If you are struggling to find a reading plan, consider reading a bit of Luke all month long or pick up a Bible and read whatever chapter of Proverbs reflects today’s date. Whatever plan you pick, the important thing is to stay in the Word and focus on Him.
Together let’s pause this month, reflect, and not allow the busy-ness of December take us away from the the most special thing about Christmas.
Merry Christmas, friends!
Nativity photo credit:Hoejin
Amy is the Mom behind both Mom’s Toolbox and Mom’s Travel Tales. She is a world traveler — in heart, body, and prayer and enjoys sharing her experiences with others. She regularly hosts the Bible in 90 Days read-along. A mother of three young children, Amy writes to equip moms with tools for success whether at home, abroad or in between.