[dropcap]E[/dropcap]very day of Advent can be a time of Christmas reminders. Whether we make crafts for decorating, bake cookies for feasting, or sing our carols after the Advent scripture readings, we are remembering.
Today I have a fun way to remember the things we find important this season: making Christmas bottle cap magnets!
Collect or buy bottlecaps, punch out circles of fingerprint art or pretty Christmas wrapping paper, and glue magnets to the back. Then use your magnets to secure important reminders to your whiteboard or refrigerator.
What Are Important Advent Reminders?
Remember these commands and cherish them. Tie them on your arms and wear them on your foreheads as a reminder. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you are resting and when you are working. -Deuteronomy 11:18-19
For I know the plans that I have for you,â€™ declares the Lord, â€˜plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope –Jeremiah 29:11
2 Peter1:16 We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For he received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” 18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain. 19 And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
How often do you think about remembering what is really important during Christmas, and what does your list of priorities look like?
I know it is hard to edit out activities that seem so essential for holiday cheer. So many things seem like they are mandatory…obligatory. But maybe the “less is more” concept is one that helps focus our hearts and ultimately give us more joy.
Are you willing to substitute opportunities for joy for your plans of merriment and cheer? Does that seem to be a hard choice? Which is more fulfilling in the long run?