Tools for a Christ-Centered Christmas

Alright, it’s the day after Thanksgiving, so you can legitimately engage in all things Christmas.  If were doing Christmasy things before now, it doesn’t really count since Thanksgiving was the next major holiday in line.  Anyway, if your plans are to make this Christmas a Christ-centered one, here are a few resources to help make that happen.

Advent calendarCountdown to the Coming of the King – I know there are tons of these out there, but this is the one my family is using this season. These calendars are an organized, disciplined way to reflect on Christ everyday leading up to December 25.  Comes complete with a book of devotional thoughts for parents to use with their kids each day.

BookCome Thou Long Expected Jesus edited byNancy Guthrie – Combines Christmas writings by many of the heroes of the faith, past and present, like Martin Luther, R.C. Sproul, John Calvin, John MacArthur, and Martyn Lloyd-Jones.

MusicBehold the Lamb of God by Andrew Peterson – In my opinion, the best Christmas album in existence.  It starts with songs written about the shadows of Christ in the Old Testament and carries on into the New Testament to show that the manger is about the cross.

StorybookThe Ballad of Matthew’s Begats by Andrew Peterson – An excellently-illustrated kids’ book that takes children through the geneology of Jesus to help parents communicate that who he is and what he did is very much real, and not a fairy tale.

TractChristmas in Three Words – With your gifts to unbelievers, why not add a gospel tract so that your gift points them to the greatest gift?  I love the accuracy and simplicity of this one. 

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About Brent Osterberg

Ransomed sinner, husband to Keri, father to the kiddos three, associate pastor at Calvary Bible Church in Fort Worth, TX, and lover of most things epic. View all posts by Brent Osterberg

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