Keeping “Christ” in Christmas

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 I must confess, there has been a time in recent years when I wasn’t excited about Christmas (shocking). I had lost my focus for the reason for the season. I got caught up in the stress of having my house decorated a certain way. I fretted over having to show up at my neighbor’s house with some goodies and a smile on my face. There was the extra food planning that had to accompany a big Christmas dinner. And of course, let me not forget the loads of presents I had to buy for a house full of people.I won’t even mention the “family newsletter”. You see, my focus was all wrong. None of these things are bad. They are great things! But my focus was on a list of things that needed to be done; instead, of focusing on Christ.
Maybe, you are in the same spot as I was? And, like me, you need to adjust your focus alittle bit. Here are a few suggestions that have helped me along the way:
 ~ caring for those who are around you: For some reason, Christmas time seems to be a time when the needs of those around us are more magnified. Reach out to those who are in need. I don’t think you have to look too far to find someone.
~ heart soldout for Christ: This is a perfect time to speak all the louder and proclaim your faith in Christ. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:15)
~ rest in who Christ is: If you can’t get everything done on your to-do list. It is ok! I am sure your family would prefer a well rested, joyful mommy… compared to a stressed out mom who just completed a bunch of tasks.
~ invite: Open up your home and heart to others…..There are many who are lacking hope in this world. Jesus is the answer.
~ serve: Ok, this is an easy one. One doesn’t have to look hard to find somewhere to serve. I know in my church alone there are numerous ways to serve. There I also your local shelters. This is also a good way to get your children’s focus off themselves by placing their focus on the needs of others. Remember we lead by example.
~ treasure your time: Christ came so that we might have life, and we might have it more abundantly. This life is in Him. It is not based off how much earthly material things we acquire. It can be found in the simple things. Treasure your time with your loved ones. Mom, before you know it those babies will be all grown up.
Some more helpful tips:
Starting an Advent tradition
Making homemade goods
Reading the story of Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42)
Reading story of Jesus, this is found in the gospels
Playing music around your home
Have a Happy Birthday Jesus Birthday Party
Create a Christmas budget, so debt doesn’t follow you into new year.
Remember Jesus is the reason for the season…….
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace 
(Isaiah 9: 6).

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