The Advent season is upon us and Christmas will be here soon. I love Christmastime—the decorations, the music, the food, Christmas specials on TV, being with family, and the gifts on Christmas Day—especially watching the kids tear into theirs. I like it all so much, I’d probably jump the gun a little. So, we have a rule in our family that Christmas music and decorations have to wait until after Thanksgiving.

But Christmastime really is special. There’s so much joy in it because of the event it’s built on. We’re celebrating God’s gift of his Son to us. Jesus is the best and most loving gift God could give us. 1 John 4:9-10 says: “In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.  In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation [atonement] for our sins” (ESV).