It’s here! It’s finally, actually, truly here. The most wonderful time of the year. Yes, friends, December, with all its festivities, is upon us. The decorations, the lights, the parties, the songs, the gifts, the candle light services. All the wonderful happenings of Christmas start NOW.
I have loved this season down to the very tips of my toes for as long as I can remember. Even before I became a Christian in my twenties I carried a deep affection for this time of year. I remember how, as a young girl, I would just sit and endlessly stare at the lit tree my mother decorated each year. Although I couldn’t quite put my finger on it at the time, there seemed to be something truly magical about the season of Christmas.
Now that I know and love the One of whom this holiday speaks, this long-held affection for the Christmas season goes far beyond the sentimentality and nostalgia I once knew, and points my soul to the most significant truths of my life. That in His very great love for us, God came down and made Himself known to us. Yes, the very One to whom all creation bows wrapped Himself in flesh and bone in pursuit of fallen humanity. In this way, Christmas serves as the apex of the greatest love story this world will ever know.
So how much more so should I love this season now that all the trappings of Christmas carry a weight and significance that I couldn’t even have fathomed before I came to know Christ? And while I know just how beautiful all these truths are, I must make a Christmastime confession: Even knowing all this, my mind (and heart) still wanders during this time of year. And because of all the EVERYTHING to do, it might well be that my attention wanders away from Christ even more than usual during the month of December. Which is exactly the opposite of what I want to happen during this sacred time of year.
So because I know this happens, because I know too well my propensity to allow the busy-ness of the season to overshadow the true “reason for the season,” I have begun setting things in place to help me focus in on Christ during this time of year. And because I love to read, it’s no surprise that books play a major role in this intentional focusing in on Christ during the Christmas season.
Click on the image below to hop on over to RockThis.org where I’ve compiled a list of some of my (and my kids’) favorite reads for the Christmas season.