Keeping Christ

A friend of mine worries about people missing the point of Christmas.  He does a lot of thoughtful things around Christmas to make that meaning visible.  And he has a “Keep Christ In Christmas” magnet on his car. 

When I asked him if he thought anyone noticed, he said “Well, you did.” 

Keeping Christ in Christmas is important, but it’s not about seasonal greetings (“Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” or whatever).  Keeping Christ in Christmas begins in Advent.  And it begins with me, with what I put into Advent. 

Am I preparing my heart for what’s who’s coming?  Is there room for the Holy in my Advent?  If not, then there won’t be much Christ in my Christmas. 

More on this tomorrow.  Readings for Sunday