It's so easy to become hurried and anxious during the Christmas season. It can become particularly stressful during tough economic times. This year I am reminding myself that only a few things are needful. Only one, really: to prepare my heart for Christ Jesus.
Jude sang about this during his first Christmas concert:
I found a lovely website, Praying Advent, that offers prayers and Scripture readings for each day of this advent season. It's a simple way to bring the true meaning of Christmas into our every day family life.
For so many, Christmas is a secular holiday. Christ has no place in their "winter celebrations." Our family is inviting Christ into our home every day this Advent season through Scripture and prayer.
I am making a personal request this Christmas (family and friends, listen up!). I do not want gifts or presents for myself. I don't need anything. Instead, I am making several charitable gifts for others. I am so happy about this! And I feel so freeeeeeee.
The only gift I request from my family and friends is their time. Spending time together is what I love most.
All I want for Christmas is quiet, meaningful time together.