It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

I must admit that I have a love-hate relationship with Christmas. I love the festivities, the extra time spent with people I love, the Carol singing, decorations and, of course, the food. On the other hand, Christmas seems to bring out the most difficult in difficult relationships. People carry extra stress with the pressure to spend money they don’t have buying things they don’t really need. The pain of broken family relationships and recent grief seems so much heavier and more heartbreaking at Christmas.

Christmas can be stressful

I have found Christmas to be quite a stressful time of year for myself, feeling the pressure to make people happy, bring people together and make it a perfect day. This year I have decided to let go of the expectations of others and intentionally focus on the best of Christmas - the heart of the celebration - Jesus. Jesus is worth celebrating. His incarnation brings meaning and purpose to my life.

Slow down this Christmas

I have been a follower of Jesus for a very long time, and I have celebrated many Christmases. I know that ‘Jesus is the reason for the season’. But even after so many years I discover new insights, new meaning and a new understanding of the wonder of Christmas when I allow myself to read the narrative afresh, ponder and reflect again on what Christmas truly means to me.

So, I have put together this devotional series to help me focus on the true meaning of Christmas; to help me focus and meditate on the truth that changed my life and blesses me every day. 

There are 25 questions to ponder, covering five themes. Each question guides you to spend some quiet time contemplating the true blessings of what Christmas really means.

I hope this series is a blessing to you this Christmas.