A Christ-Centered Christmas: Seven Traditions to Lead Us

A Christ-Centered Christmas: Seven Traditions to Lead Us


A Christ-Centered Christmas: Seven Traditions to Lead Us Closer to the Savior ➣ [Epub] ➝ A Christ-Centered Christmas: Seven Traditions to Lead Us Closer to the Savior By Emily Belle Freeman ➭ – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Describes the meaning behind seven gifts of Christmas, each tied to a figure in the Nativity and celebrated by a tradition Describes the Christmas: Seven PDF ✓ meaning behind seven gifts of Christmas, each tied to a figure in the Nativity and celebrated by a tradition.

  • Paperback
  • 104 pages
  • A Christ-Centered Christmas: Seven Traditions to Lead Us Closer to the Savior
  • Emily Belle Freeman
  • English
  • 10 October 2018
  • 1606418394

About the Author: Emily Belle Freeman

Emily Freeman Christmas: Seven PDF ✓ and Simon Dewey collaborated on the bestselling book The Ten Virgins For nearly years, Emily has addressed groups of women as a writer, songwrite, and motivational speaker Her deep love of the scriptures comes from a strong desire to find their application in modern day life Emily and her husband, Greg, are the parents of four children and live in Lehi, Utah Simon Dewey studied at a London art college before launching A Christ-Centered PDF/EPUB ² his career In he entered the world of published fine art and soon became on of the bestselling artists of LDS religious works He is the artist of Beloved Savior This Is the Season, Beloved of the Year and He Lives.



10 thoughts on “A Christ-Centered Christmas: Seven Traditions to Lead Us Closer to the Savior

  1. Heather Heather says:

    This is a great little book that helps remind us of the most important parts of Christmas It s full of scriptures and stories that point to Christ It focuses particularly on seven pieces of the nativity and lessons we can learn from each one Mary ponder , Joseph serve , Angels share the joy , Shepherds testify , The Wise Men journey another way , The Lamb and Simeon and Anna give thanks, and finally, The Christ Child believe I love the lessons and insights the author shares and th This is a great little book that helps remind us of the most important parts of Christmas It s full of scriptures and stories that point to Christ It focuses particularly on seven pieces of the nativity and lessons we can learn from each one Mary ponder , Joseph serve , Angels share the joy , Shepherds testify , The Wise Men journey another way , The Lamb and Simeon and Anna give thanks, and finally, The Christ Child believe I love the lessons and insights the author shares and think that the stories she begins and ends the book with are particularly profound lessons taught by children that remind us to keep Jesus at the center of our celebrations and hearts and lives Here are a few quotes I liked and thoughts that stuck out to meMomI believe in Santa Claus, and you believe in Jesus Christ p 1 Since that moment, our home has been transferred into a home that believes Not only in the magic of Santa, but also in the reality of our Savior, Jesus Christ, who is the true reason behind our celebration p 2 What we have is enoughand what we are giving is small We are keeping the precious thingsour testimonies of the Gospel, this great stone house built by your grandfather, our love for one another, happy memories of what has been, hope for good things that are to comeAll this is ours to keep These few gifts we have gathered are ours to share p 10 These small, sacred moments in the midst of our celebrations moments I hope my children will forever remember I love these pondering moments p 13 At the very end of the first chapter of Luke we are given a rare privilege we have the opportunity to hear Mary s unwavering testimony, pure and strong, straight from her heart Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviourfor he that is might hath done to me great things and holy is his name p 13 Mary was a remarkable woman who magnified the Lord and who rejoiced in her knowledge of the Savior She recognized the tender mercies and the great things that filled her life She knew God s strength and His holiness She testified of the good things that come from devotion to Him p 14 Mary spent the first Christmas doing what every mother does she pondered p 14 I imagine Mary s heart was full to almost bursting on that night Thoughts of wonder, contentment, and gratitude must have warmed her heart celebration for the moment, anticipation for what lay ahead The blessing The burden The responsibility The gift p 15 When I think of Mary, I think of her heart That thought has led to a Christmas tradition that focuses on the importance of heartfelt pondering It is a tradition that allows me to set aside my reflections over the details, the arrangements, and the planning of the holiday, and spend an evening just like Mary did, pondering the night of Christ s birth p 17 If you had been there on the night of Christ s birth, who would you have wanted to be, and why p 18 Take a moment to consider what Mary might have pondered in her heart p 19 It seems that the young couple did not just stop at one place to find shelter, but were turned away over and over again with the words that must have become discouragingly familiar, no room p 24 In the midst of the traffic s roar, Ursula heard the cheerful tinkle of a bellshe was eventually led to someone who needed what she had to give If we choose, we too can hear the silent promptings amidst the holiday confusion whispers of what we might do to share an act of kindness with someone this season p 34 Spend some time this week opening your heart to hear the quiet promptings The service might require you to journey out of your way, but I have found that often the journey that accompanies the giving of these heartfelt gifts becomes one of my most precious Christmas memories p 37 I like to think that if i had been in Bethlehem on that first Christmas night I would have brought a warm meal and a handmade blanket in celebration of the new birth p 38 When our gift requires a great sacrifice it becomesprecious, both to the giver and to the one who receives p 39 What would you have offered Joseph and his family if you had been there p 40 A magical moment when heaven and earth seemed to mingle p 46 I love the thought of voices we know well, telling each other of the night of Christ s birth Isn t that what we do when we gather together to sing as friends, families, or congregations It is one of the sacred ways we testify to each other of the birth of the Savior Throughout our neighborhoods, from home to home and door to door, voices we know well spread great joy and good tidings with melodies that fill our homes and hearts with the Spirit p 47 Carolers are heaven sent angels at Christmastime, gathering together to repeat the sounding joy, encouraging every heart to prepare Him room, and echoing the wish nestled inside each of our hearts Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask thee to stay, close by me forever, and love me, I pray The humble invitation of the carolers calls out to each of us Come to Bethlehem and see, Come adore on bended knee p 48 On that night, over two thousand years ago, the hosts of heaven gathered Filled with awe and excitement and bursting with emotion, they came to celebrate the moment that had been anticipated since the world began p 49 Remember the importance of the angels on that first Christmas night and the sweet message they brought to the earth They came to spread great joy, to give good tidings p 52 What was the great joy and good tidings that the angels brought What would the news have meant to you if you were there What does it mean to you today p 53 The angel is a reminder that the anticipation of good things to come should fill our hearts with warmth overflowing p 55 Did the shepherds procrastinate their search for Jesus Where and how should we begin this search for Jesus p 59 I love the words now and with haste It is as if the scriptures are telling us that in their excitement to see the Lord the shepherds went immediately they could not wait I like to hope that is what I would have done if I had been there How often is my response now and with haste p 60 I also find great counsel in the part of the scripture that says, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go Those are the kind of friends I want to surround myself with, ones that will encourage me to go where the Savior is, and who want to accompany me there p 61 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning the child And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds I love that the shepherds did not keep the joy to themselves instead they shared it And not just with a few people, the scriptures use the word all p 61 Just as the shepherds made known abroad their testimonies concerning the Lord, we too must find opportunities where we can share what our knowledge of the Savior means to us p 62 The shepherd is a reminder for us to come closer to the Lord, now and with haste, and then to share our testimony with others p 67 On Christmas morning each of my children receives a gift from Santa, and then three other gifts of the Magi one that is joyful, one that is needful, and one that is meaningful This gift giving idea has simplified our Christmas mornings and allowed us to really focus on what we are giving and why p 70 I cannot remember a Christmas morning when opening our gifts has not sparked a reminder of Him Choosing to do things another way helped us to discover Christ p 71 From the Wise Men, we learn the importance of understanding the prophecies in the scriptures and being willing to watch carefully for signs of the Savior we are led to understand the importance of always searching to know the Lord p 71 The Wise Men remind us of our search to know the Lord, and how sometimes we have to journey another way to come closer to Him p 72 Discover a way to protect your belief in the Savior p 73 The Christmas story is filled with gratitude and thanksgiving andthan one fall to your knees moment p 78 We can become true followers of the Good Shepherdwe need toprepare our hearts to recognize Him p 79 Service, prayer, and fasting had prepared Anna s heart to receive the Lord On that day, filled with inspiration, she, like Simeon, was able to recognize the Lord, and in that instant gave thanks p 80 Findways to addgratitude to your Christmas traditions this year p 82 Remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of menand ponder it in your hearts p 82 The Good Shepherd is aware of us, and He has great blessings in store for us None of us will be forgotten by the Lord each of us will have the opportunity to experience miracles from Him As we look back over our lives, we should remember those fall to your knees moments with graitude p 83 Although the figures of Simeon and Anna are not found in any nativity sets, use the lamb to represent Simeon and Anna, who recognized the Shepherd and followed Him with grateful hearts p 84 What are some ways that would help to make our recognition instant and gratitude immediate How does becoming a true follower of Christ help us to become one of His sheep p 85 Prepare our hearts to recognize the hand of the Lord in our life, and then, in that instantgive thanks p 89 Do you remember that you re not supposed to touch Mommy s manger I asked Yes Then why did you touch it I questioned Because they can t see Jesus, was his simple reply Crowded into the small stable, each had a perfect view of the baby Everyone could see Jesus The most important figure had become the focus Where is your focus this Christmas season Can you see Jesus p 93

  2. Amanda Lewis Amanda Lewis says:

    I liked this book so much I went out and bought it Mrs Freeman discusses Christmas traditions that she practiced in her home with her children that focused the Christmas seasonon Christ Mary, Joseph, the angels, the shepherds, the wiseman, the sheep, and the baby Jesus each teach different lessons, and have unique traditions, that you can do in a day or over the course of a week or two While this book is gearedtoward families with teenagers I know she has made a simplified version I liked this book so much I went out and bought it Mrs Freeman discusses Christmas traditions that she practiced in her home with her children that focused the Christmas seasonon Christ Mary, Joseph, the angels, the shepherds, the wiseman, the sheep, and the baby Jesus each teach different lessons, and have unique traditions, that you can do in a day or over the course of a week or two While this book is gearedtoward families with teenagers I know she has made a simplified version for families with little kids as well

  3. Verona Verona says:

    Although this book could best be utilized by families with young children, I learned so many new insights into the Nativity and the Spirit of Christmas I intend to pass along these traditions to my children and their families to bring the focus of Christmas back to CHRIST It is a wonderful book full of practical, easy ideas to use with your family to have aChrist centered Christmas.

  4. Lisa Brown Lisa Brown says:

    A short and beautiful book about how you can make Jesus Christ the center of your Christmas celebrations Inspired by the different pieces of the nativity, it focuses on a different piece of the nativity, which leads to an activity and lesson you can learn that will bring you and your family closer to Christ.I loved the simple and wonderful ideas, and I love having Christ be the center of Christmas celebrations something we have always tried to do in our home I enjoyed her ideas, and I think A short and beautiful book about how you can make Jesus Christ the center of your Christmas celebrations Inspired by the different pieces of the nativity, it focuses on a different piece of the nativity, which leads to an activity and lesson you can learn that will bring you and your family closer to Christ.I loved the simple and wonderful ideas, and I love having Christ be the center of Christmas celebrations something we have always tried to do in our home I enjoyed her ideas, and I think I will use a few of them and add them to our traditions

  5. Kathy Kathy says:

    My husband and I had been discussing that we wanted to do something for Christmas this year to make it special Our kids are getting a little older and only the youngest still believes in Santa Claus We really wanted to focus less on getting andon giving to others this year.I have heard Emily Freeman speak at Time Out for Women and think she is a wonderful speaker and author so I was excited when I received a copy of her book A Christ Centered Christmas to review As I started reading thi My husband and I had been discussing that we wanted to do something for Christmas this year to make it special Our kids are getting a little older and only the youngest still believes in Santa Claus We really wanted to focus less on getting andon giving to others this year.I have heard Emily Freeman speak at Time Out for Women and think she is a wonderful speaker and author so I was excited when I received a copy of her book A Christ Centered Christmas to review As I started reading this book I realized this was the answer to what we needed to do to make this Christmas special We have a nativity we set up each year but I opted to go purchase a new small nativity set that my children could handle without breaking to use in conjunction with this book There are 7 figures from the Christmas story that are used in this book Mary, Joseph, the Angel, the Lamb, the Shepard, the Wise Men the Baby Jesus With each figure there is a song, story and activity tradition to do to help keep the focus of the season on Christ The activities are simple and things that could easily be done or adapted to work in most families We started tonight by talking about Mary Our 5 children were very receptive We now have a small nativity sitting on top of our TV with a the lone figure of Mary When we were done our 5 year old wanted to jump right in and start on the next figurine.I m looking forward to spending a little time each week from now until Christmas focusing on the Savior and the true meaning of Christmas

  6. Kayla Kayla says:

    Freeman s suggestions for Christ centered traditions surrounding Christmas are pretty easily executed and fairly universal in their nature, which sets them apart from some of the traditions suggested in other books of hers that I ve read Even the ones that are less universal are easily adapted and simplified for individual families Definitely want to give this a shot in the future.

  7. Alexis Alexis says:

    How do you start Christ centered family traditions if you didn t grow up with very many You need Celebrating A Christ Centered Christmas by Emily Belle Freeman She has 7 awesome traditions that are centered on Christ that she shares with you Each tradition is focused on one of the members in the nativity She shares stories, songs to sing, scriptures from the Bible to read, and activities to do with your family I love that this book is really for family of all ages You can adjust the activi How do you start Christ centered family traditions if you didn t grow up with very many You need Celebrating A Christ Centered Christmas by Emily Belle Freeman She has 7 awesome traditions that are centered on Christ that she shares with you Each tradition is focused on one of the members in the nativity She shares stories, songs to sing, scriptures from the Bible to read, and activities to do with your family I love that this book is really for family of all ages You can adjust the activities so they fit the ages of your children It s also a great book for anyone who believes in Christ Celebrating A Christ Centered Christmas is a quick read that is full of great ideas I love the feelings I felt while reading this book It has really gotten me motivated to make sure that our family traditions arefocused on Christ with Santa still there, but just not the main focus

  8. Mindy Mindy says:

    I was excited to review this book with the holiday season upon us Evenso, to take the time to reflect on and read a lovely book centered on Christ and Christmas I really appreciated the author s introduction and what inspired her to write this book I loved how each chapter started with a verse of scripture, and ended with a summary of each tradition with suggestions how to incorporate it in your life As well as a sweet paragraph describing the tradition The author s heart felt stories I was excited to review this book with the holiday season upon us Evenso, to take the time to reflect on and read a lovely book centered on Christ and Christmas I really appreciated the author s introduction and what inspired her to write this book I loved how each chapter started with a verse of scripture, and ended with a summary of each tradition with suggestions how to incorporate it in your life As well as a sweet paragraph describing the tradition The author s heart felt stories and ideas make this book all theenjoyable I can t wait to start some of these and add to our own family Christmas traditions

  9. Amanda Amanda says:

    I got this with a nativity set at Christmas Though I m not usually inclined to read books that start off with the assumption I need help re centering my own life I m too arrogant, apparently , I actually didn t get the holier than thou impression from this book that those kinds of books can give off Instead, I found a fairly simple, and yet profound guide to pondering the figures in a typical nativity set I enjoyed the brief personal stories and the songs and scriptures the author compiled I got this with a nativity set at Christmas Though I m not usually inclined to read books that start off with the assumption I need help re centering my own life I m too arrogant, apparently , I actually didn t get the holier than thou impression from this book that those kinds of books can give off Instead, I found a fairly simple, and yet profound guide to pondering the figures in a typical nativity set I enjoyed the brief personal stories and the songs and scriptures the author compiled to round out her ideas Each figure represents a lovely aspect from which to ponder the Christmas season

  10. Kara Kara says:

    My bestest friend gave us this book for Christmas last year and I finally got around to reading it I don t know if I m just extra weepy this year but the thoughts in this book really touched my heart and I cried through almost the whole thing, especially the section about Mary I m hoping to implement at least a few of the ideas this year and try to change our focus to the real reason for the season our Savior Jesus Christ.

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