How to Focus on Christmas: Part 3

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

I'm trying to focus on Christmas this year.

By that, I mean that I'm making an effort to concentrate on the real meaning of Christmas: the birth of Jesus and God's amazing love. I'm still participating in the "commercial" side of Christmas - Santa, gifts, parties, etc - but I'm trying to avoid the frenzied feeling that I've got to do it ALL in order to measure up.

First, I tried covering my ears and closing my eyes. Then, I realized that the "secular" aspects of the holiday often have holy roots, and that I don't always have to separate Jesus from everything else. He is everywhere, after all.

One more thing I'm finding that helps - morning and evening quiet time in front of the tree. It helps me find my center in the morning, and it helps me wind down at night. I read my Bible or devotional books in the morning, or just pray.

At night, I work on Christmas cards, wrap gifts, or read. I wish I could say that I do this every morning and every night, but I don't. Sometimes I'm tired, or the kids interrupt, or I have somewhere else to be.

But as I've come to realize how important this simple, quiet, media-free time is to me, especially during this time of year, the harder I am willing to fight for it. I find myself turning off the TV, getting up when the alarm sounds, and closing the computer because my soul simply needs the peace of a beautiful tree.

Do you have a special place for quiet time this season? Do you find that you need it more than ever now?

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5 Responses to “How to Focus on Christmas: Part 3”

  1. Intentionally seeking peace - in my heart and our home - something that's been at the forefront of my mind lately - perhaps because of all the busyness that comes this time of year. It's something I hope to continue seek and fight for year round.

    Though not exactly quiet :), something special we do through Advent is to eat by candlelight and then do our Jesse Tree reading. I love how the glow of the candles provide a softness to our evening meals and it's something we all look forward to.

  2. Oh, I love the idea of eating by candlelight. Maybe we will try it one night this week . . . thank you!

  3. I enjoyed your post so much today!  Your suggestions help me so much.  I am new to your blog; so as I scrolled down on past posts I found one on Dec. 7 re. clutter b e gone.  I had it printed in my mind.  I remember reading it & how inspirational that was.  I need deliverance in this area for real!  I just love your pictures! 

  4. Welcome, Helen! Thanks for taking the time to comment. I am still battling the counter clutter - all this Christmas mail makes it harder to keep up! The cards I love, but all the extra catalogues, credit card offers, etc . . . lots of junk to sort through. Still, having a system in place helps tremendously. Hope to see you around here again soon!

  5. I love sitting in front of the lit tree and listening to beautiful Christmas music.