One of the best ways to remember Christmas’s true meaning is to thoughtfully and methodically meditate on Christmas over several weeks leading up to the actual day of Christmas.

To help you do that, I recommend several Advent resources you can read on your own or with your family. For those of you who are married and/or have children, I strongly encourage you to use this Advent season to begin (or begin again!) the habit of reading and praying together as a family.

For single adults or married couples with older or grown children, I recommend David Mathis’ new book, The Christmas We Didn’t Expect. The 24 readings are short enough to read one together each day leading up to Christmas.

For families with teens or tweens, I recommend the Dawning of Indestructible Joy by John Piper (click on the image for a free pdf of the book).

For families with small children, I recommend reading out of the Jesus Storybook Bible (there is even a special Christmas collection you can purchase) or using this Advent Calendar from

No matter which resource you choose, I encourage you to set aside some time each day in December leading up to Christmas so you and your family can meditate on the glorious gift of Christmas!

I know it’s not yet Thanksgiving, but let me be the first to wish you a very Merry Christmas!

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