I think Christmas is not just a celebration on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It’s really an “each day of December” celebration.
It’s easy to get so busy with a “got to do this for Christmas” attitude that we quickly miss out on the real meaning of celebrating Christmas.
I remember that for many years I got so absorbed and worried about what I had to do to make Christmas happen that I missed out on the blessings that were there. Since then, I’ve learned to read each day about Jesus’ birth found in the gospels of Matthew and Luke. That reminds me daily what is the real meaning of Christmas.
Christmas parties, sending Christmas cards and Christmas gifts are great, but they’re not the only priority.
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It’s vitally important to always remember what happened that very first Christmas when God sent his son, Jesus, into our world as a tiny baby born in a manger. If I don’t do that, I miss what Christmas is all about! That’s why for me, it must be an “each day of December” celebration.
If you know me, you know my three favorite words are: Live! Love! Laugh! They are perfect Christmas celebration words too.
Live this Christmas passionately by focusing on its real meaning.
Love Christmas unconditionally … no matter what happens.
Laugh with Christmas joy often.
Every day of December walking through it to live, love and laugh helps me really celebrate the real purpose and meaning of Christmas.
God is love. The Bible says, “For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son.” (John 3:16). Each day in December we can make it a Christmas celebration of that great love. What matters is that we recapture the love, wonder and joy that was born in human hearts when God himself came into the world as baby Jesus.
This Christmas I’ve worked hard to not complain about things such as, “I have to buy this. I have to do this. I have to go here.” Instead, it’s been a Christmas season focusing on God’s great love in his gift. In fact, I remember always that Jesus’ coming that first Christmas isn’t just a seasonal celebration, but an each day of my life celebration.
Remember to celebrate this Christmas — and every Christmas — in a powerful way as we live, love and laugh. Let’s make it a beautiful celebration with endless moments of joy.
Wishing you warmest holiday blessings each day ahead in December as we prepare for Christmas 2014.