Divorce doesn’t have to be the crushing end to all Christmas traditions. Hope does not have to fade as the picturesque view of a familiar life wanes. Christmas is the celebration of the hope Jesus brought into the world with His infant cries.
There will be disappointed faces on Christmas morning because of the empty space under their Christmas tree. But that isn’t the depressing part of that reality. Failing to save money for Christmas might lend the best opportunity to leave our hearts wide open for the real spirit of Christmas to usher peace and fulfillment into our hearts. Presents don’t fill our hearts with peace—only the presence of Jesus can do that.
Snuggled up by the Christmas tree, little eyes marvel over the pages of the most miraculous story of all time—Jesus’ birth. The Son of God’s birthday has sparked classic holiday stories that we enjoy year after year. Whether it be a new version of an old classic, a copy carried through our own childhood, or a fresh new spin on the season, grab a…
We are called to look for, find, and help each other—especially at Christmas. Paul helps us to understand the place from which we are motivated and able to give in fulfillment of others’ needs in Romans 13:13: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Christmas presents quickly become fruitcake cheesy and impractical unless we plan ahead to give heartfelt gifts this season. The point of Christmas is to move beyond materialistic lists that are advertised to us each year. When we rush to grab a limited quantity item or a deeply discounted product, we can end up with an empty wallet and a pile full of meaningless “stuff” to wrap.