Black Friday. Cyber Monday. The thrill of the deal. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, right?
I enjoy a good deal as much as anyone, and truly need to snag bargains in order to give on our limited budget. When I find something for a steal that someone will love (even if that someone is me!) you can bet I get it while the gettin’s good. There is nothing wrong with the thrill of the deal at Christmastime.
The Real Deal is a quiet, advent-candlelight supper.
This is a busy season. There is much excitement, loudness, and pulling of the family in all directions. Enjoy it! But savor the quiet times, too. Use this Advent season to reclaim the family dinner hour. Renew your efforts at conversation and simply enjoy one another. Eating by candlelight calms the chaos, and there’s no better time than Advent so start a new dinner tradition.
The Real Deal is sitting in a dark, quiet room, lit only by the twinkle of Christmas tree lights.
Nothing sets a peaceful mood like the delicate glimmer of a Christmas tree. Somewhere in the glow of our beloved technology screens, we’ve become afraid of the off button. We don’t know what to do with the Quiet. Fix a hot drink and savor hushed conversation with your spouse after the kids go to bed. Turn the tv off and read a book or work on a project (I need to learn to crochet!) in the silence. Be still.
The Real Deal is the gift of time.
My children aren’t different from any others. They enjoy stuff, at least for a little while. The only thing they enjoy more? Time with me. “Aren’t you going to play, Mom?” Bake cookies together. Have an Advent-ure! Go for a nighttime drive in your jammies to gaze at the Christmas lights. Enjoy hot cocoa and popcorn for supper while listening to Christmas music. Snuggle up together to watch some Christmas classics, without your phone or laptop. (guilty) The gift of time will burn love memories into your children’s hearts. It’s worth it.
The Real Deal was born in a manger.
Focus. Oh, how easy it is to get swept up in the bright lights and busyness of the season! I know this only because I fight it myself. Make a commitment to yourself and your family this year. Teach your children about The Gift. Spend time reading and meditating on The Story. Jesus is Christmas. Jesus is The Real Deal.
What deals are enticing you this season? How do you keep your focus on The Real Deal?