Now, the Advent season is upon us, part of the Christian Christmas tradition in one of the two big holidays Christians celebrate that relate directly to Christ. In years past, I have busied myself with cooking traditional Christmas cookies, having parties, trying to buy the perfect gift for family without maxing out the credit card and making merry with many different people every day from Thanksgiving to Christmas Day, taking a few days rest, and then having one last party on New Years Eve. This year, however, will be different. This year, I will try to put the focus on Jesus, who made a tremendous sacrifice just to take on human flesh and wait to celebrate his birth until the actual day. Here is my plan:
- It starts with actually spending time devoted to God, remembering what He has done to make us right with Himself. Having time to do this means that a lot of the things I tried to do weeks before Christmas will be done days before Christmas, like baking Christmas cookies and breads, having fewer get-togethers before Christmas.
- Spend more time with the kids doing fun things that they want rather than running around stores.
- My husband and I have also decided to spend less money on stuff this year for the kids and each other because things don't make us happy. However, I am figuring out how to wrap non-material gifts that I think the kids will appreciate.
- Some of the money we would have spent on items that just clutter up our house will be given to a charity, because Jesus came to serve, not to be served.
- Have one final family Epiphany celebration