Christmas is a wonderful time of year but sometimes the commercialization of the Holiday can overwhelm the actual celebration. A few years ago I got tired of all the presents, pressure and performance associated with Christmas. I even tried convincing my family to take a cruise instead of spending another year being surrounded by artificial evergreens and not enough presents.
We ended up staying around for the holidays and I’m really glad we did because I met my husband, but more importantly, I reframed how I viewed the Christmas season.
The deeper meaning of Christmas
I have a biblical worldview, I look at the world through what God has written in His word to us. This belief teaches that we are not just body and mind but we also possess a spirit. In order for Christmas to have a deeper meaning for me, I needed to connect it with my spirituality. That is why I chose to do a set of advent readings a few years ago.
Going through this study prepared my heart to anticipate Christmas, not for the superficial but the saviour. This kickstarted a desire to find deeper meaning in this holiday. Beyond Advent, I attended several Christmas concerts where as I mentioned I met Michael.
1. Observe Advent
I used the John Piper advent study which you can find here to download
2. Attend a Church Event
- Bethlehem Walk
- Christmas Cantata
- Carol sing
- Christmas Eve service
3. Reflect on why the season in meaningful for you
4. Establish a new tradition
- Make a new type of Christmas cookie
- Visit a Christmas Market
- Attend a lighting ceremony in your community
- Drive around with a special Christmas beverage (I’m looking at you Starbucks (; ) and look at Christmas lights
5. Give Back
- Donate your time or money to serving others
- Donate toys or coats to organizations collecting them
- Invite singles, new families or those less fortunate over for dinner