Christmas is just a few days away. For many, this is the time for last minute shopping, cooking, and cleaning. Also a time full of stress, sweat, and tears as we prepare for festive holiday celebrations with family and friends.
It doesn’t have to be this way—in fact, Christmas should not be a time of busyness.
Christmas should be a time of peace, a time of hope, and a time of love! Christmas lets us look to the scriptures and see that God follows through with his promises and that he is not finished with us yet.
So this year step away from the stress and embrace your inner-Christmas spirit!
1. Read Bible verses about the birth of Christ
There is so much joy and hope woven throughout the scriptures, here are some great passages to reflect on during the Christmas season:
Isaiah 9:2-7— Delivers a promise of the messiah, a promise that was fulfilled and that we get to celebrate on Christmas day.
John 1:1-14— Speaks of Jesus’ origins as God, that he is truly the light of the world and that he came to walk along side us, and overcome darkness!
Matthew 1:18-2:12— Tells the story of Jesus, where he was born, and most importantly that God fulfilled his promise that Jesus would be from the line of David.
Luke 1:26-2:40— Details the pregnancy of Jesus’ mother Mary: that she was indeed a virgin, gave birth to the Messiah in an animal stall, and both her cousin Elizabeth and the shepherds recognized this by rejoicing and blessing Mary.
2. Read a Christmas devotional
Reading Scripture focused on Jesus’ birth is great, but it also helps to glean insights from others. Through December 24, Vyrso is offering a Christmas bundle with 13 ebooks for $13. It’s filled with devotionals selected specifically to encourage you to focus on Jesus through the Christmas season.
Find a variety of content from prayers to poetry—these are resources that can be used time and time again. You’ll want this ebook bundle in your digital library for years to come!
3. Spend time with loved ones—and share the load of Christmas tasks
It can be stressful prepping for that holiday feast or shopping for that specific gift, but you don’t have to do it alone!
Instead of taking on all your Christmas tasks, ask your friends and family for a hand—they will be more than happy to help. Invite your friends and family over before the Christmas meal starts. You can prep the turkey, mash the potatoes, clean the floors, and even wrap gifts together. You’ll be able to enjoy one another’s company and get your chores done with less effort.
This year embrace that Christmas spirit inside of you just begging to get out, and you’ll discover a new sense of peace, hope, and love.