December 10, 2008

The Purpose of Christmas

Marg at Reading Adventures, and Kailana at The Written World, are hosting the Blog Advent Tour 2008. Every day, participants post a bit of Christmas until December 25. Click on the link in my sidebar to find the places to stop along the tour's way. Today it's my turn.

I'd like to post about how important it's become to me to keep things simple.

I'd like to post about the years I spent in Germany visiting the Christkindlesmarkt in Nurnberg: the handmade wooden toys, the ornaments, the lebkuchen (gingerbread) were all out of fairy tales!

I'd like to post about the creche my father made me when I was eight. Every year I put it out I remember the way my son would place baby Jesus in the camel's hump until Christmas Day when He was "born".

But, the most important thing I'd like to post about is the purpose of Christmas.

The Purpose of Christmas

"If you feel that Christmas has become nothing more than a source of emotional and financial stress...If somewhere along the line you lost "the reason for the season"...You need to read this powerful little book! Regardless of your background, religion, problems or circumstances, Christmas really is the best news you could get. In his powerful yet compassionate voice, Rick Warren explains how God designed Christmas to meet your three deepest needs and how understanding and receiving God's three Christmas gifts to you will transform your life forever."

Of course, this excerpt begs the questions "What are my three deepest needs?" and "What are God's three Christmas gifts to me?" (Any guesses?)

If I told you that there'd be little reason for you to read the book, and therefore hardly a reason for me to give it away. So, leave a comment if you're interested in a chance to receive this book as my present to you.

Once it's given away to a name I pull from the comments, I'll get back to you with the answers to those questions.

Until then, Froliche Weinachten! Bon Natale! Joyeux Noel! Merry Christmas to all of you, each one!


  1. Hi Meredith, I can only think of one gift from which spring many and this is the gift of love, a generous heart.

    You brought back memories of Weinacht in Switzerland whch is very similar to Germany. Whatever went on the rest of the year in my famiy as a child Christmas was magic. From midnight mass with my father to my mother's Christmas eve (In Switzerland we open presents at night under the lit tree)

    Joyeux Noel Meredith to you and your family

    Hugs and kisses

  2. Gina @ Six in the CountryDecember 10, 2008

    That book sounds like a must read!

  3. Boy, just what I need - more questions to try and answer!

    The book does sound wonderful, however.

    No guesses but I will be interested in the answers!


  4. It sounds like a more religious take on a couple of books I read a few years ago, one called $100 Christmas, by Bill McKibbon. Sounds interesting.

  5. I don't have any guesses either. I love those Christmas markets in Germany and the gluhwein to keep you warm :)

    Feliz Navidad!

  6. Please don't include me in the drawing although it sounds like a lovely book. From what little you've posted it certainly seems right on with what I've been feeling lately, which is a profound need to just connect. That is what, to me, is so special about this time of year because I personally think at least some of the walls are broken down, or at least less rigid, during this time of year and I just want to embrace that spirit and appreciate those around me and those I come into contact with. It may seem overly sentimental, but I feel that deep need for connection most especially during this time of year.

  7. I never really thought about God's presents to me, well except for the obvious. I do have many questions. This post was thought provoking for me.

    Have a happy holidays.

  8. Keeping it simple is my hope for this year too. I have much to be thankful for but still the worries feel like they will outweigh everything. Life is so terribly complicated. Christmas should be simple.

  9. It's easy to lose sight of the season's true meaning. This sounds like a great book!

  10. I saw this and wondered what it was like. What a great idea to give a copy away. Please don't include me in the draw because it would be best if the book went to someone who doesn't know the good news.

  11. What a thought provoking post! Thanks so much Bellezza.

    Just the mention reminded me of going to the markets in Belgium years ago. Good times!

  12. And a GLÆDELIG JUL (Merry Christmas in Danish) from me up here in the cold north. It is pitch black outside, also rather cold. So I would love to go to a christmas market full of lights right now. And they definitely know how to do them in Germany. I haven't been to Germany for the past year, but actually think about a short trip down there each Christmas. Berlin, which is one of my fave cities, is only 5 hours drive from Copenhagen, so why don't I get going? Perhaps because I don't have a car ;-) Thanks for a great post. I am in Denmark, so fully understand if you have no wish to ship a book all the way up here :-)

  13. My only guess is love, but I'd like to know the answers! Thanks for the great post. The book sounds interesting!

  14. Okay, dear commenters, the book is going to CJ (please email me your address). I will post the answers to the questions quite soon; I think Christmas Eve-ish would be a good time. The book was quite uplifting and refreshing to read, and I've been a Christian all my life. It's also not presented in an In-Your-Face way, so I doubt anyone would be disappointed who picked it up. Blessings on you all,

  15. Thanks for sharing a story about a year you spent in Germany and the creche your father made for you. And last, thanks for sharing the important of "Purpose of Christmas" with us :)

    And I'm sorry I comments too late :) I wish you and your family Happy Holidays!


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