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Centering Our Hearts and Homes around Christ This Christmas

By: Cindy Wilson,  December 1, 2017

I don’t know about your household, but in mine, the Christmas season gets pretty hectic. Between shopping for gifts, baking goodies, and attending countless holiday events and parties, it is tempting to lose sight of what matters most. In the midst of the all the glitter and bows. It is easy to leave Christ on the periphery of our celebration, only giving a token nod to the ULTIMATE gift we will ever receive! So this Christmas season, let’s focus our hearts and our homes on what matters most. As we anticipate the excitement of Christmas morning, let’s be intentional at building our excitement around the newborn King.

Here are a few simple ideas and resources that can help your home stayed centered around Christ this Christmas season.  

1.  Christmas Eve Service: One of the best traditions you can do to focus your hearts on Christ is to participate in worship on Christmas Eve. This year at Thomasville Road Baptist Church, we are celebrating Christmas by hosting Christmas for Tallahassee on Christmas Eve at 9:15 and 10:45 am. This will be a wonderful opportunity to invite friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers to a service designed to Celebrate Christmas in the Heart of Tallahassee. Read all about this service at www.christmasfortallahassee.com. We will also have invitation postcards and posters available this coming Sunday to pick up and begin sharing.

2.  Advent Devotionals: One way to prepare your hearts for the coming Savior is to have a daily devotion that is focused on the Advent. Here are a few advent devotionals you may want to check out:

  • A new resource is available by Paul David Tripp (author of New Morning Mercies), called Come Let Us Adore Him. This 31-day devotional takes readers through every day of December, seeking to “reactivate” their awe and wonder at the Christmas story.

 

  • Another great resource that I have personally used is by Dr. Scott James, a personal friend of mine from a former church. Dr. James wrote a great devotional book called The Expected One (with forward by David Platt). It is quick daily devotional for individuals or families.

  • Advent Calendars: There are an abundance of Advent Calendars on the market that provide a fun way to count down the days until Christmas while also focusing on Christ.  One new resource for families with children is available that was actually written by my same friend, Dr. Scott James, called the Littlest Watchman: Watching and Waiting for the Very First Christmas.  This resource includes a wonderful children’s book with coordinating Advent Calendar and Advent devotionals.

3.  Christmas Traditions: Christmas provides a unique opportunity to create traditions that will seal the message of Christ into the hearts of every member with concrete memories. Here are a few simple traditions that several of our TRBC staff members practice in their homes:

  • Kevin & Rachel Graham’s family uses a Jesse Tree throughout the Advent season. It is very similar to an advent calendar, but each ornament that you create focuses on the coming of Jesus starting in the Old Testament. One great book that explains how to make the Jesse Tree and provides corresponding devotions is The Advent Jesse Tree: Devotions for Children and Adults, by Dean Lambert Smith.

 

  • Jason & Christina Pamblanco’s family records their son reading the Christmas story each year. Then they play it back Christmas Day and keep the recording for posterity sake. What a sweet way to reinforce the truths of the Good News of Christ in the heart of a child!

 

  • In my home, we have a birthday cake for Jesus as part of our family Christmas dinner. My children help decorate the cake and then we sing Happy Birthday to Jesus before we enjoy the cake.

 

Here are several other good blogs that provide additional ideas for how to center your homes around Christ this Christmas season:

No matter how you choose to celebrate Christmas, let’s all remember to focus our hearts on what matters most this Christmas!

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11, ESV)

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