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3 Strategies for Christmas Moments This Year

What a weekend. 

Had a great staff Christmas party, coached two basketball games, went to the Big Ten Championship game with my sons, and then had an amazing day at church! After all of that, right now my son and I are watching a football game, Sumer is in the kitchen with our daughter, and when I’m done writing this blog, we’re going to play a family game.

It’s these moments that I value more and more as our kids get older. 

In the busyness of the Christmas season, we can find what matters most and value these special Christmas moments.

These are the moments where family and friends come together to make memories, connect heart to heart, and build on the foundation of what matters most. It’s where we return our focus to Jesus and celebrate that He was born, redeemed us, and changes our lives. 

“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah‬ ‭9‬:‭6‬

This is the most beautiful time of the year because of Jesus and the blessings we have with family and friends.

Therefore, we must look past the hustle and bustle and make the most of Christmas moments. Family gatherings matter, friends hanging out matters, and worshiping Jesus matters. This is what Christmas gives us! When we keep our focus on the main thing we can enjoy moments that warm our hearts forever. 

So, here are 3 strategies for Christmas moments this year.

1st – Take time and have a plan for your family and friends’ gatherings

This is not about controlling but rather leading these moments to get the most out of them. I love hanging out with no set plan. However, we should also plan for productivity. Think through what you would like to accomplish and have a plan to make it happen.

2nd – Play some games together

In between the two basketball games, I coached this past weekend, I saw 10-15 parents all standing against a window looking down at their phones. This is all too common in our culture as we’re looking down versus looking up and connecting.

Games help combat this trend and they provide fun moments together. After all, the food, the music, the decorations, the gifts, and the traditions all provide Christmas moments. 

These are what we never forget!

3rd – Tell others what they mean to you

Christmas moments have immeasurable value when we share what others mean to us. There’s something about opening your heart and telling someone what they mean to you through a note or a face-to-face conversation.

It goes deep into our hearts and minds, and we never forget it. 

We all need to be encouraged and know how others feel about us. This is not being selfish but rather fortified in who we are to them. 

It’s good that we know how people feel about us, but we also need to hear how they think of us.

I believe these three strategies can help facilitate the best Christmas moments you’ve had so far.

Make this Christmas season count and let it build on the foundation of your bond with family and friends!

Merry Christmas and the best is yet to come,

PD

Pastor David Norris

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