MTL Christmas - Page 65

my faith mtl Note: Do you ever feel distracted, or even defeated, at Christmas? Ann Voskamp, author of One Thousand Gifts, shares with us how to reflect and refocus on the Greatest Gift this season. Ann, Christian families want Jesus to be the greatest gift, but too often our good intentions get crowded out by the commercial noise of December. How has your family navigated this? Definitely—what Christian families want at Christmas can be drowned out by the noise of December. Our family gets it, and we’ve wrestled hard with it. How did Christmas become something that we could return on Boxing Day—when Christ came to be. with. us? How did Christmas get handcuffed by chains of Big Box stores—when the Christ Child came small and subversively and for freedom? How did Christmas get to be more about cheap stuff than a lavish Savior? What makes us scared to do Christmas counter-culture— when it’s about God upending everything? For us, we’ve purposed to have a Simplified, Sane and Sacred Christmas. Simplified isn’t about circumstances— but about Focus. How do we focus simply on Christ? Want a Simplified Christmas—Celebrate Chri