What and how do you plan to celebrate this Christmas season?
Joy to the world!
I wonder what and how you plan to celebrate this Christmas season. Here’s some things and ways we’ll be celebrating.
We’ll be celebrating with wider family, enjoying family traditions, and just generally slowing down. Just being together at this special time is more important than gifts. Our family has grown in the last year, too, and it will be Reuben’s first Christmas.
There’s a special significance to ‘life’ at Christmas, as we consider the new life that Jesus was born to herald in. In a very practical way we have experienced the joy of new life this year in Reuben. Do you have specific highlights of enjoying (new) life this year?
Goodness and gratitude
God has been so generous to us, and I’m mindful of millions around the world who have much less, and those for whom this is not a time of peace and goodwill. I want to think about this a bit more, and consider how advent can be a time of celebrating God’s generosity, and pondering how to live a life of generosity to others.
Faithfulness and beginnings
Lots has happened in the last 12-18 months, with a number of new beginnings such as moving house, changing job, and getting involved in starting a new church in our area. God has been good and shown his faithfulness in so many different ways. As we look back with thankfulness, we can look ahead with confidence and excitement.
”Go home and prepare a feast, holiday food and drink; and share it with those who don’t have anything: This day is holy to God. Don’t feel bad. The joy of God is your strength!”
Nehemiah 8:10 (The Message)
How about you?
I work as Head of Global Communications for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES), having previously worked with Compudava (now Endava) in Moldova, building web applications, and for Wesley Management, working with small businesses and charities. I have a passion to see intelligent application of digital technology to serve the Church and mission. Married to the lovely Ruth.