Merry Christmas from us to you

As you spend time with others over the holiday, may you know what it means for God to come down in Jesus.

And if you’re still looking for ways to bless others, please consider a gift through World Renew.

We’ll see you in the new year.

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Christmas is coming. Christmas is here!

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Maybe you are like me and most of the physical preparation for Christmas are complete. And maybe you are like me and this season of Advent, meant to be a time of spiritual preparation, has instead been a time of parties–with overeating and overdrinking and not-enough-sleep–and concerts and some measure of stress and distress…

I’m more or less ready for Christmas. But am I ready for Jesus?

Read on in “Are You Ready for Christmas? (And Why It’s Okay If Your Aren’t).”

Then, realize the truth that Christ is already here in “Put the CHRIST Back in Christmas.”

Finally, looking for ways to declare Christmas at work with more than just a “Merry Christmas!” shout? Here are 8 different ways to display and declare Christmas at work.

Photo by Kevin Dooley. Used with permission. Sourced by Flickr.

Christmas is coming…

…and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Or is there?

This will be the only post for 2012 about Christmas, so rejoice and be glad!

Here’s a good reminder about what does– and doesn’t– bring actual joy by Tim Challies.

Tired of the Hallmark and Lifetime Channel’s Christmas movies? Try out some of these recommended films. The list is a couple of years old- have any other films made the cut since then?

Looking for a challenge this season? How about giving back with The High Calling’s Advent Challenge?

And here’s a real bonus: Simple Christmas resources galore from Becoming Minimalist.

This post gives ideas for families and adults for Christmas and advent. These resources encourage service, giving, reflection, building relationships and responsible movie watching.

Photo by tackyshack. Used with permission. Sourced by Flickr.