And yes, the stockings are hung by the chimney with care, but we kind of lost steam with the tree after an initial burst of decorating. It’s still angel-less and surrounded by hideous brown bins of ornaments from the attic. If I wrap the bins, they could stand in for the absent presents.
But that’s not really how I want to think about Christmas. I’m refusing to let it become some fake production I have to pull together, some magic I must make happen.
No, instead, I want one thing to be at the top of my Christmas list this year: God’s presence.
Actually, that’s my challenge to all of us as we head into this next month: Will we make room for God’s presence and will we wait with joyful expectation for Him to arrive on the scene?
A few thoughts, then, from an Advent series I vlogged last year on preparing our hearts to meet the challenge. Pour a cup of coffee, set the calendar and to-do list aside, and join me.
P.S. One thing I’m doing to help me focus more intentionally is using Advent-oriented devotional books during my quiet times. I just started reading Liz Curtis Higgs’ The Women of Christmas: Experience the Season Afresh with Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna. My friend Dena has also written a great one that has short, hope-filled devotions for each day of December: Lighten the Darkness: An Advent Journey Through Hope. Check both of them out or add your own suggestions for Advent devotionals in the comments section.