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Away on the other side of the world, away from the materialism and commercialism of Christmas- I found and felt the Now obviously you can’t do them all!But hopefully as you browse through them you’ll find the perfect traditions and activities to help bring your family closer together and closer to Christ. I love decorating our home for holidays, but I often find it difficult to find Christ-centered decorations.
On Christmas Eve I started thinking about everything our families would be doing back home and on Christmas morning we had to go teach our classes. Money was tight and we decided we’d exchange letters instead of gifts.
But as I sat down to read my husband’s letter, my entire mood shifted.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the chaos of Christmas.
There are presents to buy and wrap, Christmas cards to make and send, lights to hang, and goodies to make.
It’s just easy to forget the real reason for the season.
This time of year I try to remember our Christmas together after we got married. No stockings, gingerbread houses, or Christmas cards. We tried to get into the Christmas spirit by cutting out paper snowflakes and downloading Christmas songs from i Tunes.
He talked about how grateful he was for our marriage and how excited he was to become a dad in the new year.As I continued reading, I started thinking of the first Christmas family and that little baby in the manger.I thought of my own new family and our little baby that was growing inside of me.And suddenly I was overwhelmed with love- Christ’s love for me. We didn’t have any presents to unwrap, but we had all of the greatest gifts already.It was my first Christmas away from home, and we were far away teaching English in China. We even found a tiny 6-inch Christmas tree in the city.But for some reason, I still wasn’t really feeling the Christmas spirit.