A stable, some shepherds, and a newborn baby in a manger. It is easy to make it ordinary, to relegate it to that familiar story we assume we already fully understand. The story of our King’s birth can simply get lost in the hustle, buried beneath wrapping paper and Christmas cookies.
None of want that though, do we? I think we all long for meaning. Our hearts thirst to worship the arrival of our Savior. We yearn for more than a calendar packed full. To remember the grand significance of why we wrap the garland around fir trees and light up our porches with lights.
To return back to that true posture of exaltation that we sing about at Christmas takes great intention. It takes a resolution to focus our hearts on Jesus. And coming to a place of resolution is the first and most important step.
Let’s begin by sharing that declaration with the whole family. We must remind ourselves that gift opening is not Christmas. That it’s Jesus we are seeking to find and honor this advent.
Here are several ideas to help you narrow your focus and celebrate Jesus on Christmas morning.