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Day Nine: The True Meaning of Christmas

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Ever since Victoria and I started planning this Christmas link up, I've been really excited about today's prompt: How do you make Christmas about more than just the gifts and the craziness associated with this time of year?

Well friends, I'm here to tell you that I'm very intentional in how I view this Christmas season.  My favorite thing to do leading up to Christmas (during the advent season) is to do an advent devotional.  In the past I've done two different ones--She Reads Truth or ones written by John Piper.  This year John Piper didn't publish a new one so I am doing the She Reads Truth study.


I love the SRT study this year because it's going through the different figures of the Old Testament--prophets, priests, kings--and showing how Jesus fulfilled each one and is the perfect prophet, priest, and king.  By focusing on Jesus, I'm able to keep the true meaning of Christmas at the forefront. 


Another thing that I do to remind myself what Christmas is truly about is listening to Christmas carols and really focusing on the words.  When you focus on the meaning of the words instead of rotely singing it, you'd be amazed at how a song takes on a new meaning for you.  My favorite song is O Holy Night:

O holy night!
The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of the dear Savior's birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till he appear'd and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary soul rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!

Fall on your knees
Oh hear the angel voices
Oh night divine
Oh night when Christ was born
Oh night divine
Oh night divine

Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming
Here come the wise men from Orient land
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger
In all our trials born to be our friend

Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name


If you have children, there are so many things you can do to point children to Christ during this time of year.  One of my friends is doing Truth in the Tinsel this year with her boys.  Each night they have a craft and a story.  Each story shows Christ during this time of year.  Having a nightly devotion with your children is something that I'm looking forward to whenever Dustin and I have kids because yes, Santa Claus is fun but he's not what this season is about.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our link up this year!  We had so much fun and can't wait to do it again next year :)

14 comments:

  1. I think these are great ideas! The part I like least about this season is the greedy attitude that I see from a lot of kids.

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  2. Yes to listening to the actual words of Christmas songs - they are so meaningful!

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  3. The MOST important part of the reason...just beautiful!!!

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  4. Love the devotional and the songs. It really is amazing the messages shared when we listen to the actual words of the carols/songs! Last night I loved listening to the Pentatonix Christmas special on tv. They really emphasize certain words for me!

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  5. Big hugs and thanks to you and Victoria for hosting such a fun and festive link-up! Happiest of holidays to you!

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  6. I do these same things! Our church passed out an Advent devotional I'm doing, but sometimes I sneak some SRT in too, because I love the stories! O Holy Night is also my favorite Christmas song. Thanks for organizing this link-up! It was so much fun!
    xoxo,
    Catherine: Classic Catherine

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  7. Great ideas!! I need to do an advent devotional next year. It's so important to stay focused on the real reason.

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  8. O Holy Night is one of my very favorites too! When I was in seventh grade, during the prelude to Christmas Eve mass I played the song on the piano while my Dad sang and its one of most treasured Christmas memories!

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  9. O Holy Night is my favorite, it brings tears to my eyes every time.

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  10. how fun that you are doing a Christmas linkup too! i'm doing a 12 days of blogging linkup! love your focus on Christ for the season! glad i found your blog!

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  11. O Holy Night is one of my favorite Christmas songs, too. It makes me tear up every time I hear the children's choir version.

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  12. I love all the Christmas songs at church - one of my favorite parts of the season!!

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  13. Thank you so much for hosting this linkup! It was so fun and the only downfall....finding more bloggers to follow. :)

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