“It is winter in Narnia,” said Mr. Tumnus, “and has been for ever so long…. always winter, but never Christmas.”

-C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia

Why we wrote this devotional

Perhaps you’re tired of what Christmas has become and you’re ready for a deeper celebration. Perhaps you’re close to giving up on the whole idea of Jesus. Or maybe you’re somewhere in between. Whatever it is you currently think of Christmas, this devotional is written to help you re-think the way you Christmas.

To prepare for Christmas like those who first prepared for His birth.

Pick your favorite Christmas hymn and in the lines leading up to the chorus, (usually over a minor chord,) you’ll hear the sorrow of those awaiting the King’s appearing. It’s the “meek souls who receive him still” in the O Little Town of Bethlehem. It’s the “world in sin and error pining” of O, Holy Night. Before Christmas became a season of over-the-top joy and bright festivities, in the centuries leading up to and following His birth, it was preceded by a season of preparation and contrition called Advent–Latin for “coming towards”.

Part of the reason Christmas can feel like it’s missing something is because we skipped the soulful heartache of the Advent season. It’s all celebration and no anticipation.

Rethinking the way you Christmas doesn’t mean you can’t laugh at Christmas parties or order eggnog lattes. But it does mean you’re on a quest to celebrate something deeper this year.

How to use this devotional

Each day of this devotional will help you explore an Advent theme, followed by a short Bible verse for meditation. After each reading, you’ll find questions to prompt your thoughts and reactions.

When you prepare for Christmas like those who first prepared for His birth, you’ll discover a depth and joy of a Savior’s birth you can only find when you Rethink the Way You Christmas.

Chris

Pastor Chris, All Nations Church

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