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7 Ways for Couples to Keep CHRIST in Christmas

December 15, 2016

On practicalchristianwoman.com
by joycezook | Dec 6, 2016 | Christmas, Holidays, Marriage Success

Amidst our business of the holidays it’s not easy to keep the focus of the holidays on Christ. Karen Whiting, author of  Christmas Is Coming, Waiting Is Hard  shares seven ways couples can keep the focus this season on Christ, God’s glorious gift to us.
Christmas provides an opportunity for couples to draw together as they focus on Christ and create their own traditions. Make Christmas your own special season and choose to do it as simply as you desire. Let these ideas help guide your choices this year.

As you plan to celebrate Jesus’s birth:
1    Share favorite memories and what makes Christmas special for each of you.
2    Pick what traditions to adopt as a couple and what to let go of that your families did, but may not fit your time, budget, or style.
3    Choose where to spend Christmas Day.
4    Decide what you’ll do for presents. It’s not always about the money. Maybe you can promise to spend a day with an extended family member, or buy something later if finances are tight or the recipient doesn’t need anything more than time with you.
5    Consider using an advent wreath or simple candle to light daily as you read a Bible verse about the birth of Christ and the prophecies of His coming.
6    Spend a few minutes reading a scripture about Jesus’s birth together each day. Discuss how Mary and Joseph who facing hardships and joy still focused on God’s call for them. Chat about hardships and joys you shared this year.
7    Avoid over-filling your calendar. Save time to rest and reflect on the real meaning of Christmas. Schedule date time and home alone time.

Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need
and thank Him for what He has done. Then you will
experience God’s peace which exceeds anything we can understand.
~ Philippians 4:6-7

Karen Whiting is an international speaker, author of more than twenty-two books, and a former television host. She writes to strengthen families. New this Christmas is her latest book, Christmas Is Coming, Waiting Is Hard.

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