Everyone was celebrating.
The music blared, lights danced in vivid color, and laughter filled the air. Hardly a soul missed the birthday celebration.
People around the globe had been invited to sing and dance and enjoy festivities.
But in the midst of all the thrill and chaos, they forgot why they were here. No one invited the one being celebrated.
It sounds pretty silly to plan a huge birthday party and not even invite the birthday boy, doesn’t it? Who would put up such a fuss and create so much excitement over someone who isn’t even in attendance?
I’d like to say I’ve never been to such a party. But I can’t.
Just a few weeks ago, I lost myself in the thrill of a ‘party’ in Manhattan. The air was different—like everyone knew this time was special. Yet Jesus had been excluded.
Hundreds of people indulged in seasonal pleasures that wouldn’t exist had He not been born.
Yet they were oblivious.
I’ve let decorations and deadlines drown out any hint of peace.
Christmas is 6 days away, and the season has nearly slipped through my fingers.
Cue the panic!
What do I do? How can I redeem the time before His birthday ends?
If you’re like me, you need a quick solution to stop Christmas from completely blowing past you this year…So, here are 3 ways to soak up every minute until Christmas…
I don’t care how many stores you have to visit, or how many presents are still unwrapped. Just stop.
Breathe.Find a quiet place to pray and spend time with Jesus.
Pour yourself some eggnog or coffee or hot chocolate and just be still. Push the reset button.
I promise the delayed present-wrapping will be worth it.
2) Set your tasks aside to help others
Christmas is a busy time, and it’s easy to get so caught up in me me me, and I have ‘this and this and this’ to accomplish, that we forget about the needs of others.
Slow down, friend!
Put down your planner and help someone else lighten their holiday workload.
Help your mom bake cookies, or babysit for an exhausted mama who hasn’t finished her Christmas shopping yet. Make some last-minute Christmas cards to send to friends and family, or make hot chocolate for the hard-working snow shoveling, wood-chopping guys you know.
Spread Christmas cheer by giving your time to others.
3) Make a birthday card or thank-you note
Yep! A birthday card.
You may know someone with a Christmas birthday, and that’s fantastic! I’m sure they’d love for you to make them a card 😉
But I’m talking about a card for Jesus.
It’s His day we’re celebrating. His birth that caused all this joy. Why not take some time to tell Him happy birthday? To say “I love you”?
You could also make a thank-you card as a fun way to thank Him for all His blessings. For humbling Himself to a stable–and eventually a splintery cross–so we could live forever with Him.
Jesus deserves the best gifts and the most attention this season.
I’m sure you can come up with other fun ways to make His birthday memorable. These are just a couple ideas 🙂
Not into crafting much? That’s okay! Why not just write down a few prayers or reasons you’re thankful for the Savior this Christmas? Gratitude doesn’t have to be fancy. Just let Him know you’re thinking about Him 🙂
That’s about it!
I hope these things help you to hush the noise and thoroughly enjoy this Christmas week 🙂
Oh, and one last thing…
To help you really soak in the week, I’ve created a free Christmas worksheet for you to fill out every day until Christmas. I hope you’ll take a few minutes every morning to work on it. I know it will help you focus on the Savior this joyous week 🙂
Have a wonderful Christmas!
P.S. Check out this post by my blogging friend, Rebekah 🙂 It’s the perfect read for Christmas time!