At the Well topic: Having a "Mary" Christmas: Keeping "Christ" in Christmas with Practical Ideas. Hosted by Tracy from Thirsty for Him.
Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year at our house and probably yours too. There are cookies and sweet breads to deliver to the neighbors, play practices, extra events at church to attend, gifts to make and buy, decorations to put up, and family functions to enjoy. All this takes place within a few weeks. With all the hustle and bustle we can easily lose the true meaning of Christmas. I don't want our family to miss the deep spiritual significance of the season, so this year I am hoping to slow the pace as much as possible.
Every year I try to make changes so that we can focus more on Jesus and less on busyness and material items. Some of the events scheduled for December I can't or won't cross off the list, but I won't be adding any extras. The activities that we will be doing this year will be centered around the true meaning of Christmas. We will be in the Christmas play at our church. We will attend and work at the Christmas functions are church is hosting. We will bake for the elderly in our neighborhood. All these items on our list will help each of us remember Christ's birth and ultimate sacrifice.
Our Advent tree calendar and ornament counters. Nothing fancy, but it will be functional and fun for the kids.
We will be counting down the days to Christmas and giving a bit or ourselves each day. Our Advent activities will be simple and take little time, so this project won't add any more stress to a full schedule, but it will hopefully place a spirit of giving in our home. The goal for this simple 25 day project? To help each of us celebrate Christ this Christmas.