4 things to remember this Christmas:

Spend time with Jesus.  He’s the one we’re celebrating so it seems silly to forget this one. But if I’ve done it before then I know I’m not the only one. Grab yourself a coffee or hot cocoa and get away from all the craziness of the holidays. Take a break from the shopping and the plans that need to be made. Find yourself a quiet place to rest with Him and truly take in the miracle that Jesus is.

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  Luke 2:10-11(NASB)

Serve others. This season is about Jesus & Jesus is big on loving others. Look around at the people in your life and city who could use some extra love and ask God how you can be of service to them. Maybe it’s helping your mom clean the kitchen or babysitting for some friends so they can go on a date night. Perhaps it’s volunteering at a toy drive or soup kitchen or shoveling your neighbors’ snow. Look for ways to be a blessing and share the love of Jesus this season.

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. Galatians 5:13(NIV)

Be thankful. Thank God for your family and friends. Hug them extra tight and thank them for all they do for you. Thank God for the roof over your head and the food on your table. Thank God for your dreams, passions, and talents that make you uniquely beautiful. Thank Him for continually providing all your needs and thank Him that He always will. Remember all the promises He has made to you and thank Him that He will bring them to completion in His wonderfully perfect timing.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.  Psalm 100:4-5(NIV)

Celebrate 2015, no matter how good or bad it’s been to you. Remember all the things you’ve accomplished through God’s grace and praise Him for bringing you through. Have you been battling an illness? Celebrate that God has brought you this far. Did you get married or have a baby? Celebrate the new special ones in your life. Did you lose someone you dearly loved? Celebrate that God blessed you with them in your life for a time. Did you experience a break-up or lose your job? Celebrate that God has it all under control. Celebrate that He calls you His beloved daughter who is without flaw, handcrafted to reflect His majesty.

For the despondent, every day brings trouble; for the happy heart, life is a continual feast.  Proverbs 15:15(NLT)