13 Christmas Favorites || Guest Blog by Jay Baer

Today, get to know the 13 favorite Christmas traditions and experience by Jay Baer.

Jay Baer, Pulse Director (Grades 7 & 8) and student::life Worship Director

  1. Christmas music on repeat from the moment the Macy’s Parade ends until well into January. It doesn’t matter if it’s in the form of a full orchestra, an electric guitar solo, a pop vocal, or a soft croon—I love every last note.
  2. The smell of Christmas cookies baking in the oven and the extra encouragement to hit the gym that they bring as I devour them.
  3. I love gift giving. Finding the perfect gift for a person and seeing their excitement is better than anything I could receive.
  4. Reading Advent devotionals and appreciating that time of waiting and patience are often some of my deepest times with God.
  5.  Driving around and looking at Christmas light displays on a cold winter night.
  6. Hanging out of the second story window of my house like Spiderman trying to make my own Christmas light display.
  7. Walking around New York City at Christmas time with my wife Abby, especially visiting the tree at Rockefeller Center where I proposed 10 years ago this year!
  8. Every year on December 23 I stay up way too late to wrap Christmas presents and watch the greatest of all Christmas movies, Die Hard.
  9. Eggnog. You either love it or you hate it. If you hate it, I’d be happy to take yours.
  10. Thinking about the unashamed worship of the angels to our incarnate Savior when they sang out, “Glory to God in the Highest!”
  11. Hearing “O Holy Night” sung on Christmas Eve. There is something so powerful to me in the line “a thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.”
  12. Having no family in the area, we have a tradition of ordering Chinese take-out after the Christmas Eve Service and going home to watch Christmas movies. It is perfection.
  13. Though it hasn’t happened yet, I have no doubt my new favorite thing about Christmas will be experiencing the wonder and joy of watching my son Calvin on his first Christmas morning.

My prayer for you this Christmas is to remember the true source of our joy is not found in any of the amazing blessings or experiences I listed above or that you may enjoy this season, but instead in Jesus Christ. He is the Incarnate Son of God who gave up more for us then we will ever comprehend (Philippians 2:7-8). May we remember, honor, and worship him in all we do this Christmas season!

Jay

P.S. One quick clarification on point 3 above: Just because I said that I like giving gifts better then receiving them in no way means I am opposed to receiving gifts. In fact, if any of you would like to practice being a better gift giver on me it would be my honor to make that sacrifice for you. Just mail all packages in care of the church office.