Advent, Christmas, Festivus, &c.

It’s December. Christmas is steadily approaching (less than two weeks, y’all!). We’re pretty much smack-dab in the middle of Advent. Gift buying is in full swing, and the stress of it all climbs daily until its zenith later this month.

How’s it going in my family?

Well, in our house this year, Advent is about getting the chocolate out of the “Advent” calendar, and that’s about it. There is nothing overtly spiritual or Christian about it.

And I’m really OK with that. Honestly, that’s about all we have energy for.

Anticipating-Arrival-001Yes, I’m the same guy that wrote an Advent devotional/guide that got published by Lexham Press that scads of people use for devotions over Advent.

I’m here to say that your family doesn’t have to do the same things the same way every year. You don’t.

There aren’t rules here, and there isn’t a right or wrong way to do Christmas and/or Advent with your family.

Festivus-Kramer-001We don’t need to worry about whether or not a coffee cup says “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas.” Heck, you can celebrate Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, or even Festivus if you want to. It’s OK. Really. Go on with your feats of strength and airing of grievances, if you must.

Or skip the whole thing and take a break and a big, long, nap. Seriously. (This option sounds especially good to me right now.)

Here’s the important thing: Where are you with Jesus? Is he your Savior? Do you know it?

It doesn’t matter if you do the right “Christian” thing, or read the right Bible verses each night, or go to Christmas Eve service, or whatever. You don’t need to have a nativity scene set up in your house to proclaim your holiness. If you want a disco ball instead of a star or angel on the top of your tree, it’s OK.

What matters? What matters is who you think Jesus is, what you think he accomplished, and what role he plays in your life.

 

 

Memes for Anticipating His Arrival (my Advent Devotional)

Anticipating His ArrivalSomeone long ago told me “Nobody loves your baby like you do.” OK, that someone was my friend Bob Pritchett, and when he told me was while he was writing his first book, Fire Someone Today. (here’s the TOC, and note chapter 3).

So I’m lovin’ my baby — my new Advent Devotional from Lexham Press, Anticipating His Arrival: A Family Guide through Advent.

Have I told you that the prepub price for this sweet devotional — which is really three different advent devotionals in one — is only $2.99?

In that spirit, I’ve been mentioning it like crazy on the Twitter and the Facebook. After all, there’s only so much time until Advent (Nov 29 is the first Sunday, people). People need to know about this thing.

So I’ve got this guerrilla campaign going. The social media faux-experts say the thing to make it really sing are memes. So here you go. Share these puppies all over the world. Tell your friends. Link back to the prepub page on Logos (just like I do here).

What if I told you you could have the coolest advent devotional for the price of a latte?I don't always write advent devotionals …