Are You Ready for Christmas? Are You Ready for Jesus?

The pastor at my mom's church in South Carolina shared a great message this morning. Basically, he asked two questions.

First, are you ready for Christmas?

I'm always ready for the Christmas season; the music, the Christmas trees, the lights, the movies, even the corny Christmas shirts.

The next question he asked is: Are you ready for Jesus?

Today begins Advent, What is Advent you ask? Advent is a season Christians celebrate in preparation for Christmas. It starts the fourth Sunday before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. Advent focuses on preparing us for the coming Christ by remembering the meaning of Christ's birth.

There are different ways to celebrate Advent. This year, our church gave out a family Advent devotional. Also, there are websites that share devotions for families. Here is a website that shares how to make an Advent calendar and lists 25 things to do leading up to Christmas.

This year, my son and I are making a Jesse Tree for Advent. The Jesse tree represents the family tree of Jesus. The tree helps in sharing the story of God's plan for salvation from the very beginning with creation. Isaiah 1:1 says, "A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit."

Here is the website I'm using to get ideas for the Jesse Tree.

As Brenn and I make our Jesse Tree, I will post pictures, information, and devotions.

My challenge to you is to take time not just to celebrate Christmas this year, 

CELEBRATE JESUS.