A Few of My Favorite Things

There are a thousand approaches to the Christmas season: some of us tiptoe up to it and knock softly, and others cannonball right smack dab into the middle of the fun. Whatever your preferred method of celebrating looks like, may this time be extra special and littered with surprise bits of joy. Here are a few baubles to get you started.

Some December gifts to point you toward

Holiday Clip: Movie on Cwismus

Some adorable littles get together and relate a quotable nativity story as you’ve never heard it before—complete with light sabres, tattooed angels, and a can of febreeze.

New Christmas Album: Behold by Lauren Daigle

A fresh (and jazzy) take on some holiday favorites. This album is hip enough to be featured in multiple secular playlists put together by the team at Spotify while pointing to Christ with excellence and a growly saxophone.

Family Tradition: Lights Out on Christmas Eve

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a light to be seen that couldn’t be doused. Every Christmas Eve, Riley and I turn out all of the lights except for those on the tree, and then we light candles and spread them out where we need them. It’s a fun way to create a space away from the everyday rhythm, helping us unplug and prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ.

Festive Beverage: Drinking Chocolate

Time to break out the tiny espresso cups for this rich hot cocoa that’s just thick enough to bump those visions of sugar plums out of the way. Best served with your favorite homemade Christmas cookies.

Selfless Giving: Gift Catalogs from Samaritan’s Purse, Compassion International, and World Vision

These three organizations offer a chance to put your generosity to work. You can purchase a hand-crafted necklace for your next-door neighbor or a goat for a family across the world. Not exciting enough? How about helping rescue a child in a dangerous situation or providing food for refugees or taking care of persecuted Christians?

What are your favorite things this Christmas season?

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