Keep Christmas Well

Over the years, I have come more and more to cherish what Charles Dickens wrote of his famous Ebenezer Scrooge’s redeemed character at the end of the book:

“It was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge.”

How can we especially keep Christmas well?

I believe in part through looking at what is perhaps my favorite line in any Christmas song, from the hymn “Joy to the World”, by the incomparable Isaac Watts:

“Let every heart prepare him room”

One of the ways our family tries to do this is through a (mostly daily) advent reading plan, where we take time every day to ponder the meaning of the coming of Jesus together. This opens up all kinds of conversations and questions and unexpected answers, such as when I recently asked about one of the passages we read:

“Does anyone know what a minor prophet is?”

After some silence and head scratching, one of my children piped up with:

“Someone that God didn’t talk to very much?”

After laughing and smiling, we helped explain who, of all people, some guy named Habakkuk was, and why he was important, and what he had to do with Christmas.

The point is, we had to carve out some space and prepare some room for moments like those.

I hope you will do the same in your own life, whether you are single, married or somewhere in between.

One of the ways we can also keep Christmas well is by gathering together as a church community on Christmas Eve.

Just a reminder we are gathering at 3, 4:30 and 6 pm, and look forward to celebrating the coming of Jesus into the world. I would hope that, out of all Sundays, you would consider inviting someone that afternoon and evening. We have created our time with not only families in mind, but guests and even non-Christians. I am believing for it to be a powerful time together!

Merry Christmas to each of you!