Christmas wears me out. I’m not the type who gets excited and energized by all the shopping, decorating, office partying, white elephanting, wrapping, eating, caroling, and visiting. I just get tired. And maybe a little depressed. Definitely not merry.
Over the past couple years I’ve tried to combat this crazy, over-the-top season by deliberately taking time to focus on why I’m celebrating Christmas. If this is just a season of gifts and lights and food it will be fun, but it will also be wearying and ultimately unfulfilling.
To help me focus on the Christmas story, this year I’m following an advent reading plan that takes you through the story of Christmas. As I read each day, I’m spending time reflecting on what this season truly means. It’s keeping me sane and renewing my understanding and thankfulness for how radical God’s love for us is.
If you’d like to read along, you can download the plan here:Advent Reading Plan (293)