Keep Christ the Center of Christmas

I promised last night that I would talk about creating a language but I don't think I know enough about that yet to talk about it, so I'm going to do something else.
Last night, I had a really great idea for a blog post and I failed to write it down so now I have to come up with another idea that probably won't be as good as the one I forgot.
After a bit of thinking, I decided on something a little Christmasy because... well... we have twelve days until Christmas!

This Christmas season has been a little different for us. I'm not sure why, but for some reason, I'm not feeling that same excitement and anticipation that I did last year. I think it might have had something to do with Thanksgiving coming so late in November and the transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas seemed kinda abrupt but still, I haven't been counting down the days like I used to last year and the years before. Every day seems just like a normal day and not one day closer to Jesus' birthday, the best day of the year. Come to think of it, I haven't been keeping my focus on Christ as much as I should have... Maybe that's it.

Today, I'd like to talk about how we can keep our focus on Jesus and others this season and every season.
Now, as I've said before, I'm no expert and I didn't even outline this post so it might be kinda messy, but I hope that at least something I say can impact at least one person.

Remember the J.O.Y acronym. 

You may have heard of this but every year I forget about it. It's a great way to remember Christ in any season. I should probably put this on a piece of paper and put it somewhere where I'll see it often. The acronym is:
Jesus should be the first in everything, then others, then you. Sounds simple enough. Right? Now try remembering that when your little brother is pulling a fit and you just want to hide in your closet because it's so annoying.

Meditate on God's word. 

Not just read it but meditate on it.
I learned in One on One with God a really helpful method for this. They called it something like the three P's
First, pick a verse or a few verses that you read and picture yourself in that verse, if it is a scene then imagine what you would be doing in that scene. If it is something like a proverb or word of wisdom, then how would you react if someone told you that.
Ponder what it is that God is trying to tell you in that verse or couple of verses.
Then pray and ask God what you can do with that information, pray about anything that is bothering you. Pray to strengthen your relationship with him.
Meditating is something that I find myself not doing enough of. I usually read my Bible at night and at that time, I'm too tired to spend any extra time on anything else but sleep so after I finish a chapter or so, I go straight to bed without even praying to God.

Think about what you can do for others

This is one that I've also been struggling with. This whole month, I realized that I've been selfish and not thinking about what I can give to others instead of what I can get or what I want. This was brought to light one morning at breakfast, my nine-year-old brother was talking about what all he wanted for Christmas and my sister said, "What about what you can give to others?" That is when I told myself I would make something for each of my siblings for Christmas. 
So, to actively look for ways to give to others, pick, maybe, three people in your life that you know enough about to know what kinds of things they like. Then, make or buy something for them, that way, you can get excited again about this wonderful season. 
"It is more blessed to give than recieve" - Acts 20:35
In my opinion, it is also more fun to give because when you make or buy something for someone, you get to see how they react when they open the gift you gave them. That is more rewarding than opening something yourself.

So there are some of the things that I have found helpful to keep Christ the center of Christmas in the past and perhaps it is not too late for this year will be the best yet.

What are your thoughts? Comment below how you keep Christ the center of Christmas.