December is a time for celebrating the birth and life of Jesus Christ. It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of Christmas and the end of the year. For some it is a difficult time and leads to feelings of depression, loss, and grief. For those seeking Christ this Christmas, here are a few ideas to make Christ the center of your Christmas worship and celebration.
1. Read the New Testament
Make it a goal to read the New Testament every day during the month of December. If you need to take it slower, make it a goal to read Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John so you can indulge yourself in reading about the life of Jesus Christ. Bonus: Read 3rd Nephi Chapters 11-26 and read of His coming to the Americas.
2. Sing a Christmas Hymn Every Day
Take a few minute each day to belt out a Christmas Hymn, one that sings the praises of Jesus Christ. Sing it with your whole heart. It doesn't matter if you are a good singer or not. This is a good time to develop a habit of shower singing. Belt it with feeling! My favorites: Oh Holy Night, Silent Night, Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel
3. Go to the Temple
Up your temple attendance during the month of December. Go once, go once a week, go every day....whatever increases your temple attendance, and yes, becomes a little bit of a sacrifice. Making it hard to accomplish will make it that much more worth it. Can't go to the temple? That's okay. Find a holy place for you and spend time there.
Take a few minutes each day to say an unselfish prayer to God. Pray for others. Pray for opportunities to share the Spirit of Christ. Pray for the poor and needy. Pray for those both seen and unseen who are struggling. Make your prayers a little more thoughtful.
How do you make Christ the center of your Christmas?