Can you believe it’s December already? Maybe it’s just me, but it feels like this year has flown by. I don’t feel ready to think about presents or cooking or decorating trees or singing carols (even though carols have been played in the shops since at least November). But I’m sure it’ll work out, one way or another — sometimes a simple Christmas is best.
People often complain about the consumeristic aspects of Christmas, noting — legitimately, really — that the true reason for the season has been obscured by a frenzy of gifting, eating and holidaying. Of course, it’s great to be able to share food and fellowship with friends and family. They’re a huge blessing. But without Jesus at the heart of our Christmas season, we can miss out on the biggest blessing of all.
In this issue of The Upside, we’ve got a Christmas craft for your kids (pages 14 and 15), some Christmas recipe inspiration and a competition (page 13). There’s also a feature about how you can make a difference with the Adventist Development and Relief Agency this Christmas (page 3). We hope it inspires you to think about what you can do to share the blessings you’ve had in your life with others and radiate God’s love, which is a particularly beautiful thing to think about at this time of year.
Have a safe, happy and blessed Christmas and New Year. We’ll see you again in February!
Download a copy to share with your friends here: The Upside – Issue 6 as a PDF.