Christmas cards are still a staple at Christmas time for many people. Stores sell tons of cards and many people make their own Christmas cards with pictures of their families on the front. Most of the cards have something to do with the Christ aspect of Christmas. The references can be through Bible verses or quotes, through using the many names of Jesus, or through the good news of peace, joy, love, and hope.
Christmas carols are another staple of the season and also do the same things to share Christmas and the spirit of the season. The ‘classics’ are a collective memory that we all share. It is a wonderful part of Christmas to joyously lift our voices in song to tell the good news. Sometimes we even go caroling to places like nursing homes and in our neighborhoods to share Christmas with others.
And, of course, Christmas services also draw us back to Christ as the center of Christmas. In our worship services we read the scriptures and also sing the songs. We use prayer and the proclaimed word as well to share the story of Christmas. Perhaps we share in communion. Tomorrow on Christmas Eve we also light the Christ candle and place it in the center of the Advent wreath, recognizing Jesus Christ as the center of our peace, joy, love, and hope.
Advent is also a time of personal study and reflection. We read a devotional book or use an Advent calendar to connect to the season in a deeper way. These personal practices have the same purpose as the corporate practices: to remind us of Jesus and what a gift He is to us and to all of humanity. Thanks be to God for this gift.
Scripture reference: Colossians 3: 15-17