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A Christmas Resolution

A Christmas Resolution

“Can we sleep in front of the Christmas tree, Mama?”

Their twinkling eyes reveal the anticipation in their hearts this Christmas Eve night. They gather blankets and pillows and snuggle down under the glow of the tree. Just before bed, my husband turns off the lights and the house settles into shadowy silence.

It was a good season, but how did Christmas Day come so quickly? When I was a child, the month seemed like a year and the season so simple.

Not so as a mom. A hundred “to-do’s” can squeeze out the holiday joy as I rush from one task to the next – shopping, baking, mailing, decorating, caroling, reading, cleaning…

Sometimes remembering “the Reason for the season” can seem like just another item on my endless to-do list.

If this all sounds too familiar, I invite you to join me in this Christmas resolution:

This year, I will pray over my agenda, asking the One whom we celebrate to show us how to keep Him central, rather than tacking Jesus onto our already busy calendar. I will make room to be still, to savor the season’s delights and ponder the miracle of God with us, Emmanuel.

Here are some ideas for making this resolution practical:

  • Ask each family member to describe his or her favorite part of Christmas time. Put that on the calendar at the beginning of the season. Don’t forget to include your own favorites!
  • Evaluate each “good thing” to see if it truly adds value to the Christmas season – either for our family or for someone else.
  • Pick a family advent book/activity to bring everyone together at least once a day and refocus the attention on the Christ Child. Our family loves to read books by Arnold Ytreeide. He has written several advent stories, each culminating at the manger. (Please note, some of the story elements can be intense for little ears. Sometimes we revise as we read aloud to the kids.)
  • Keep a notebook or a stack of index cards in a basket by the Christmas tree and invite your family to write down gifts from God for which they are thankful this Christmas season.
  • Look for hurting hearts and prayerfully share Jesus’ love. Christmas, with all its joy and excitement, can be a deeply painful time for those who’ve experienced great loss. Ask God to show your family how you can represent Jesus this Christmas season.

When Christmas day comes, and we reflect on the season we’ve just lived, may we find it was the most beautiful and meaningful Christmas yet.

By: Meredith Mills is a wife and mother to three inquisitive, adventurous, fun-loving kids. She loves finding Jesus in the everyday and is passionate about helping others experience Him, too. She blogs at Connect with her on Facebook at Dazzled By The Son and on Instagram and Twitter @DazzledByTheSon.

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