December 1st marks the beginning of Advent - an anticipation of the Christmas celebration of Christ's birth.
Here's an excerpt from my devotional this morning (source: Our Daily Bread):
During Advent, we emphasize hope, peace, joy, and love, which God sent with Christ.
HOPE. We have an inheritance reserved in heaven, a living hope through the resurrection of Christ from the dead (1 Peter 1:3-5).
PEACE. We will love life and see good days if we turn from evil and do good and if we seek peace, for the Lord watches over the righteous and hears their prayers (1 Peter 3:10-12).
JOY. We have inexpressible joy even though we have trials because our faith is being tested and proven genuine. The end of this faith is the salvation of our souls (1 Peter 1:6-9).
LOVE. We can love one another with a pure heart because we have been born again through the Word of God which lives and abides forever (1 Peter 1:22-23).
Hope, peace, joy and love though heightened at this time of year, can be emphasized and practiced throughout the year.
I love this time of year because:
- I love focusing on the reason for the season
- I love Christmas pageants and plays
- I love having my family around and spending time with family
- I'm a Christmas Baby
Does your family observe any traditions that lead up to Christmas?