There’s a reason we celebrate holidays. They’re more than just eating, seeing family and getting time off work.
Holidays are meant to help us remember. We remember the birth of Christ and the passing of another year. But, too often, people forget the real reason for the celebration, or they’ve never understood it in the first place.
Here are some fresh ideas to help make the most of the upcoming holidays by remembering.
Advent marks the beginning of the church year and starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. The word Advent means “coming,” and it’s a time to prepare our hearts for Christmas.
Many churches make Advent devotional books with short passages to read every day, and even non-Christian neighbors might enjoy lighting one candle a week on your Advent wreath. Help them see past the symbolism to the reality of Christ in your life.
Most people have no idea how the real story of St. Nicholas became the legend of Santa Claus. St. Nicholas was a revered Christian who lived in the third century. He was known to be a gift-giver and a protector of children.
Today, St. Nicholas is still celebrated heavily in Europe. Children put their stockings out the night before St. Nicholas Day to be filled with small goodies that they will share. Honor this tradition by bringing a treat to share for your office. Spread the gift of generosity and compassion. Ask questions like, “Do you know the story behind the real St. Nick?”
It’s fun counting down to Christmas Day! We eagerly anticipate the big celebration. But as we rush to keep up with jam-packed schedules and shopping lists, do we risk missing the opportunity to prepare for Christ’s arrival?
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This Christmas season, use the Advent Devotional on the My Cru platform to connect with the people in your small group and those who you are discipling.
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