I've really struggled with Christmas over the past few years, and last year was the last straw. I remember looking at the mountains of presents - some which I can regrettably say have just sat on a shelf most of the past year untouched. I wondered where Jesus was in all of this. We always focus on the Nativity at Christmas and use an advent candle etc; but something has always been missing.
This year we decided to do things differently. We have brought gifts from Fair Trade
and World Vision
for family members. We have started a Jesse Tree today with the children, which focuses on God's prophecies and promises of the Messiah. I am posting these devotions on my blog
if you want to follow. I don't think I will feel we have made a big enough change by the end of Christmas, but it's a good start which I feel positive about and know that we will find more of Jesus in.
Do you struggle to find Jesus in Christmas? How do you celebrate? How as Christians can we avoid the consumerism within Christmas without our children feel like they are missing out? Finally, I've been thinking about the origin of Christmas lately. How was it celebrated prior to Saint Nicholas being given the Santa Claus tag by Coca Cola and so forth? Any insight you have into this would be good. I'll look it up on the net when I have time one day ;-)