Saturday, December 1, 2007

christmas is...

Okay, I think I'm starting to get into the Christmas spirit. I visited a couple of Christmas specialty stores this afternoon. How can you not feel it while walking in and amongst beautifully decorated tress? Then Don and I did a little shopping tonight. Well, we actually did more looking but at least we started. Tomorrow the tree goes up!

We stepped into a Christian Bookstore tonight and I bought myself a small Christmas book full of meditations, stories, and quotes. I think I'm going to enjoy reading it each day. I think it will help me keep the focus on the reason for the season.

Here's a couple of things that was said in the introduction. I thought I would share them as they are great things to reflect on as we enter this special time of year.

"Christmas is your best time of the year because it is a celebration of God's moving into your town, your neighborhood, your home, and into you.

Christmas is God in the flesh, making tangible God's feelings about you. You acknowledge such love when you put up your tree, decorate it with colors and shapes, and light it in joyful anticipation. You honor such a gift when you choose particular presents for special people and give them in love and appreciation. You affirm the coming of God in Christ when you read the story, sing the songs, listen to the Word, accept the truth, and feel the touch.

Christmas is knowing God loves you and comes to be with you. Christmas is God in your heart."


(taken from Christmas Is... published by Blue Sky Ink)

If you hadn't noticed, today is December 1st. May the next 25 days be filled with Christ's love and all the joys that the holidays can bring.

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13 comments:

Momma Roar said...

Yay, its Dec 1 - I can't wait to get started on some of our things for this season of advent.

Your book sounds wonderful - I had to chuckle because earlier this week, I too picked up a devotional - The 25 Days of Christmas. (Great minds think alike!)

Just Mom said...

"May the next 25 days be filled with Christ's love and all the joys that the holidays can bring."

Amen.


I'm looking forward to tomorrow, actually, the first day of Advent. I've got my Advent devotional book handy and I'm ready to go. We also have something special for my son as well. I might have to post about it.

Melissa said...

I can't believe it's December already! YEAH!!! :D

Penless Thoughts said...

Thanks for sharing.
Susan

Lori said...

That book sounds great. I may have to check into it. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for your prayers and the sweet comment on my blog.

jennifer said...

Amen! I love this. I also love your photo in the Santa cap!!!

Have a great Sunday!

SharonB said...

One of my favorite times of the year! This is the first year I've been done shopping for Dec 1 and I am really hoping that I can now relax and really enjoy the season. I truly want to focus on The Christ that Came...there might be a theme there for the next 25 days...

Oh..check out my site! It's my first giveaway!

Barb said...

Yeah!

Kelli said...

I can't believe it's December 1st! It sounds like you had a lovely time shopping with your husband. Our tree is going up Tuesday night and we can't wait!
Hugs,
Kelli

Our Family of Five said...

Thanks for sharing your book find with us. I'm looking forward to the next 23 days! :)

Lynne said...

I love this time of year! Sounds like a great book. Love your Santa cap photo.

Short Stop said...

The book looks great! "Christmas is knowing God loves you and comes to be with you. Christmas is God in your heart." I LOVE this!

BTW, I tagged you for something over at my blog. I just thought it was really fun. NO pressure at all, I'd just love to see your traditions! :)

Jamey said...

Sometimes it's easy to forget the real reason for this time of year. We all get caught up in Santa and the shopping! It sounds like you got a great book! I am glad to hear you are getting into the Christmas spirit, I hope you can enjoy every day!