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the importance of Christmas

The importance of Christmas

One of my favorite modern Christmas songs is This is Christmas by the Christian band, Kutless.  The words in the chorus are thought-provoking and profound:

What is Christmas?
If there never was a Savior wrapped in a manger
What is Christmas without Christ?

Indeed. What if a Baby, who would grow to be the Savior of mankind, was never born?

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For one, we would definitely not have the Christmas holiday. There would be nothing to celebrate.

I love the whole idea of Christmas. The day after Thanksgiving, my husband gets a calorie-burning workout hauling the numerous bins of decorations from our Christmas closet up the stairs. He then heads outside to set up “Wally and Eva,” our two laser light devices that shine brightly all over the front of our house and garage.

There is joy in shopping for presents for my family and mailing packages to my extended family in several different states. The delight my daughters and I find in baking delicious goodies for our neighbors and close friends and delivering them a few weeks in advance is an event we look forward to each year.

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And don’t even get me started on Christmas music. Let’s just say my Christmas playlist somehow mysteriously (or not so mysteriously) found its way into playing more than a few days before Thanksgiving. Nope, I just couldn’t wait. And I seemed to run even farther and faster on the treadmill while listening to that Christmas playlist.

All of those things in and of themselves are fine. It’s when we replace the real meaning of Christmas with temporary things—and put our focus solely on those things—that we find ourselves in error.

Anything can become an idol—anything that we make more important than God. Can Christmas presents, decorations, food, tinsel, and laser lights become idols?

Absolutely.

Especially presents.

Or add in the busyness of this time of year. The pressure to live up to expectations to create the holiday a certain way for others, as well as ourselves, can become a stress-fest.

Or the debt that we manage to accumulate while finding all those perfect presents for everyone on our gift list.

Do we even remember—and take time to realize—that the perfect present is right before us? The gift of eternal life for those of us who have placed our faith in Christ. Something that will far outlast anything in our temporary world.

So I’m reminding myself this year that it is all about the Savior who was born in the manger. It is all about that Baby who was born on earth and grew to be a man and would give His life for all mankind. A brutal death with the sins of the world on His back, Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice.

For me.

For you.

For us all.

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This holiday season, let’s make Christ the ultimate reason we celebrate.  Let’s place Him in His rightful place of importance. Ahead of the trees, the food, the presents, the Christmas music, and the laser lights.

And let’s do more than celebrate Him. Let’s show our gratitude for what He has done for us. Not just on December 25, but on every day of the year.


From our family to yours…Merry Christmas!

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Posted in Christmas, family/marriage

8 great Christmas gift ideas for wives

8 Christmas gifts for wives

It’s the all-important question that has perplexed husbands for centuries…what do you get for your wife for Christmas? Last week I listed five things not to buy your wife for Christmas. Read on for eight excellent suggestions, in no particular order, for all budgets that she’ll love.

1. A massage. The benefits of massage are numerous. It relaxes sore muscles, assists in stress relief, rounds out a fitness program, and improves the quality of life for those with diseases. Nearly every person can benefit from a massage.

2.  A book. Does your wife have a favorite author? Has she been eyeballing a book at the bookstore? I couldn’t not suggest a book since I’m an author myself! If your wife loves to read, but you’re not sure what book she’d like, a gift certificate from a local or online bookstore would be a great gift.

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3. A month’s worth of housecleaning. What woman wouldn’t love a break from housecleaning if only for a month? Why not hire a cleaning service to come in for a month and lighten your wife’s load? Trust me, she’ll appreciate this, and it will for sure earn you  “husband points!”

4. A vacation…just the two of you. No, it doesn’t have to be a seven-day vacation to an all-inclusive island resort. A weekend getaway at a bed and breakfast works too. Ask a family member or friend to take care of the kids, before sweeping your wife off her feet by planning a getaway for just the two of you. Be sure to plan this ahead of time and have the date set in stone, as life gets busy. You don’t want her Christmas gift to get forgotten.

5. Purchase a pamper kit. Choose a day and declare it your wife’s pamper day. She will be ushered first to the salon for a manicure or to have her hair done. Second, she will be treated to a no-interruptions bubble bath. That means that if you have small children, take them out for a Daddy Day while your wife relaxes. Third, she heads to the massage therapist for a much-needed massage (see #1). Fourth, take her out to a romantic dinner at a nice restaurant. Pull this off and I guarantee your Christmas will be very merry!

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So, what if you’re short on cash during these strained economic times? Check out these economical suggestions that can mean so much:

6. A coupon book. You may have heard of this one before—it’s a homemade coupon book full of kind things to do for your wife. Cleaning her car inside and out would be a kind gesture, especially if the constant hauling around of children and pets has left the floor in your minivan stained and dirty. Offer to check her oil, check the tires, fill it full of gas, and wash the outside as well. Other suggestions can range from lovey-dovey romance coupons to thoughtful items (use your imagination here, guys!) There is no expiration date, and perhaps some coupons can be used more than once.

7. A promise to grow in your walk with the Lord together. Offer to pray with her and study the Word together. Plan, on a weekly basis, to put the Lord as the top priority in your marriage and watch how He changes you both for the better!

8. Renew your wedding vows. Have you been married any length of time? How about a renewing of your wedding vows? It doesn’t have to be fancy. Enlist your pastor’s help and have a small wedding where you rededicate your lives to each other.

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There you have it. Now hurry…you only have a few more shopping days left! Oh, and Merry Christmas!

 

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All things Christmas: favorite songs of the season

It’s that time of year again…time for all things Christmas!

The first installment features favorite Christmas songs and carols of the season. Perfect for any playlist, these awesome songs (in no particular order!) are a mesh of classics and newer sounds all designed to put us in the Christmas spirit. What is your favorite song or carol?

Please join me next week for another all things Christmas post. Until then, enjoy!


Joy to the World – Lincoln Brewster

Light of Christmas – Owl City (Featuring TobyMac)

Winter Wonderland – Newsboys

This is Christmas – Kutless

Best Christmas Ever – Newsong

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Mikeschair

Hark the Herald Angels Sing – Rend Collective

Gloria – MercyMe

Angels We Have Heard on High – Reliant K

Marshmallow World – Francesca Battistelli

Born is the King It’s Christmas – Phillips, Craig & Dean

What Child is This – Building 429

Silent Night – NeedtoBreathe

Redemption – Mikeschair

Hark the Herald Angels Sing – LIncoln Brewster

We Three Kings – Building 429

Go Tell it on the Mountain – Newsong

Suddenly – Phillips, Craig & Dean

Mary Did You Know – Kutless (my personal absolute favorite rendition)

Joy – Selah

Little Drummer Boy – Lincoln Brewster (featuring KJ-52)

All I Need for Christmas – TobyMac (featuring Terrian)

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – MercyMe

Best Christmas Ever – Newsong

Jingle Bell Rock – Jeremy Camp

Oh What a Glorious Night – Sidewalk Prophets

Jingle Bells – Colton Dixon

All I Want for Christmas is You – Newsboys

12 Days of Christmas – Reliant K

He Shall Reign Forevermore – Chris Tomlin

Offering (Christmas Version) – Paul Baloche

Little Drummer Boy – For King & Country

Little Drummer Boy – Lincoln Brewster featuring KJ52 (a super fun and energetic version)

Christmas Like a Child – Third Day

Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Christmas Eve / Sarajevo

Oh Come, O Come Emmanuel – Phillips, Craig & Dean

Holly Jolly Christmas – Group 1 Crew

What are some of your favorite Christmas songs?