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Christmas is a wonderful time of year. It’s when we celebrate Jesus’ birth! Peace on earth, God’s good will toward mankind! It’s the Greatest Story Ever Told, and we are the recipients of it – God’s grace and mercy and salvation!

But this time of year can also get a little crazy for parents, am I right? Sometimes in the midst of all the activities, shopping, toy-induced tantrums, financial pressure, obligations, and family dynamics to navigate, we can lose track of the joy of it all.

I understand! When my kids were little, it seemed like there was so much going on that I always felt behind, and I wondered if I was doing everything right. Am I the only one who compared our life to idyllic Christmas movies? Bad idea!

Over the years, I’ve discovered a few tips to give parents the WIN during this busy time of year:

Win #1 – Make Christmas Fun & Memorable 

If you’re like me, you want to do special things for Christmas and make wonderful memories with your family. I just can’t always think of what to do. Well, I always do better if I have a plan. How about you? Here are 10 Tips for a Meaningful Christmas to help us out!

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The holiday season is here. Often, thoughts about family gatherings foster pain and hurt from the past. I encourage you to let go and let God handle past offenses.

Refuse to allow those memories to ruin your holiday season. Jesus is the reason for the season, so decide to focus on celebrating all that He has done. Be a loving, gracious, and sincere giver. More importantly, ask God to help you forgive those who have hurt you. Remember, forgiveness is a decision, not a feeling.

Your first step is to make the quality decision to forgive.

When forgiving others, you shouldn’t require them to apologize or make amends beforehand. This defeats the purpose. Your restoration and healing comes when you decide to receive God’s grace to walk in love with the person who hurt you. His or her response shouldn’t be your concern. Your business is to forgive, let go, let God take over, and love that individual.

Love is an action word and can be expressed in many ways. It is the most powerful seed you can sow into someone’s life. Jesus said to love your enemies and do good to people who hate you, and that you should pray for those who despitefully use you (Luke 6:27, 28).

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Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. There’s nothing like surprising our children with just the right gift to show them how much we love them. Exchanging gifts is a tradition in our family because it reminds us of the most wonderful gift that has ever been given.

This gift is Jesus. The babe in the manger. The Savior of the world. And He brought the promise of unconditional love, unending hope, and eternal life to every person who believes in Him:

“For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).

I hope you are as excited as I am about sharing this gift with others. As we walk in faith together, delivering God’s love to millions throughout the world, you’ll realize there’s plenty to be excited about.

The book of Hebrews says, “Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins” (Heb. 9:14). Jesus is God’s perfect gift to us. The reason Jesus came to earth was to give Himself on the cross for us. And like those lambs in the Old Testament sacrifices, Jesus had to be perfect and blameless in order to be our Savior.

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