The story of the birth of Jesus can never be improved on—it is unfathomably magnificent.
So how can we fight the familiarity and see it with fresh eyes each year?
Here are a few ideas.
1. Learn from Christians of old.
Pick up 300 Quotations and Prayers for Christmas, filled with quotes from beloved theologians about Christmas. You’ll be encouraged with thoughts like these:
It avails you little that Christ is born, or that Christ died, unless unto you a Child is born, and for you Jesus bled. A personal interest in the birth, life, and death of Christ is the main point for each one of us. — Charles Spurgeon (1834–1892)
It is to the shepherds, watching and keeping the night watches over their flocks, that the joy of the new light is announced. To them it is revealed that the Savior is born. Yes, to the poor, to the hardworking, not to the rich, who have their consolation here below. It is to the poor that the light of a glorious day has shone forth amid their vigils, and the night shall be light as the day—indeed, it is converted into day. “This day,” says the angel, not this night, “is born to you a Savior.” The night is truly past, the day is at hand—a day of days, the day of the salvation of our God, Jesus Christ our Lord, who is God blessed above all forever more. — Bernard of Clairvaux (1090–1153)
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2. Watch a Christmas movie to renew the wonder.
Gather your family to watch a movie like Chasing the Star, now on Faithlife TV, about the true meaning of Christmas:
With a Faithlife Connect free trial, you can choose from dozens of additional Christmas movies and TV shows to set your mind on Jesus and his first advent.
3. Fill your home with Christian Christmas music.
Tune in to either Faithlife Christmas channel on Faithlife TV, both available free:
- Christmas Music – a continuous stream of Christmas music and video
- Christmas Channel – Christmas music, karaoke, Bible verse art, and more
You can listen to these channels on FaithlifeTV.com—no trial necessary.
4. Dig deep into a Bible passage about the incarnation.
Rather than the typical verses read at Christmas, reflect on some lesser-known passages about Jesus’ birth.
Here are three:
The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. (1 Timothy 1:15)
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. (Galatians 4:4–5)
I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. (John 12:46)
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