Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Meaning of Christmas + 2015 Christmas Card

I can hardly believe that Christmas is only two days away... where has December gone?! I am so excited to spend the next few days celebrating. At church on Sunday, our Pastor shared something simple, but very profound about the Christmas season, and I wanted to share it my blog.

I love Christmas time... absolutely love it - really, if my blog name wasn't Lisa Loves John, it would be Lisa Loves Christmas. The decorations, Christmas cards, non-stop holiday movies - I love it all. In fact, I don't even have to watch Christmas movies, I can just have them on, fold laundry, and still soak up the wonderfulness of it all.

I can recite Home Alone, front and back, and don't even have to be in the same room when its playing to know what's going on and I will still be excited about it!

Similarly, we all know the Christmas story, Mary and Joseph, how it all happens... and I love it! But it is important to make sure that Jesus, and the true meaning of Christmas isn't the feel-good movie playing in the background this holiday season. 

As Christians, Jesus's birth offers us so much more than a "feel good" holiday season, and we mustn't let the familiarity of the story (or the business of the season) tone down the gravity of it all. Because of Jesus's birth into this world (and because of His death), our future and salvation are secure in Him.

I don't know about you, but I don't want the true meaning of Christmas to be the background noise of my Christmas celebrations - I want it to be the reason! And the funny part is, is that when I am celebrating the true meaning of Christmas, it all becomes so much more wonderful.

That's exciting to me!

My prayer is that you too can celebrate the true meaning of Christmas this year - and not just have it in the background.

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6

With a full heart, John and I are wishing you all a very Merry Christmas this year!!

Check out this throwback for our 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 Christmas card!


  1. So much truth, I love this post so much! It is so easy to get caught up in presents and decorations and push the true meaning to the back burner. I am guilty of it but I am trying not to be. At church Sunday our pastor ran through the lyrics of "Oh Holy Night" and verse by verse it meant SO much to me. I had never really dove into the words like that. Holding onto this verse this season: "A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices. For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn"

  2. Such a beautiful post and beautiful card!! Merry Christmas girl! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  3. Love, love, love. I've been following the SRT Advent study this holiday season and it has been the highlight of each day! So looking forward to going to Christmas Eve candlelight service tomorrow night :) Have a very Merry Christmas, girlfriend!

  4. I absolutely nodded my head through this entire post. You wrote this so beautifully! I love the she reads truth pictures, too. I love their stuff! :) I hope you and John have the best Christmas!!!! It's the best time of year! :)

  5. Thank you for all this Truth! I loved reading this post! Merry Christmas, Lisa!!

  6. Agree with all of this! And... your Christmas card is absolutely gorgeous :)

    xo, Kristina
    Medicine & Manicures

  7. So beautifully true and written perfectly! It's so easy to let the holidays become background noise but so important to celebrate the birth of that precious baby boy! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  8. Love your card!!! Merry Christmas to you and John!!

  9. Amen! Beautifully put! Rejoicing with you in His goodness! Merry Christmas to you & John!! xo - Brenda //

  10. Beautiful post! I love Christmas movies as well! I love having them play in the background.

  11. Thanks for sharing this Lisa! I can't tell you how easily I let the true meaning of Christmas get 'lost in the background' between trying to do fun holiday things or stressing over gifts. I love your card-- such a great picture of you guys and what a great memory from your trip I'm sure!

  12. Love your Christmas card! So nice y'all were able to use a picture from your big European adventure!

  13. Love love love this! It IS all about Him! So's easy to let Him get lost because of the hustle and bustle so we have to keep our eyes on Jesus. My advent study helped me with that this year. And I LOVE your Christmas card :)

  14. What a beautiful reminder. I hope you had a wonderful holiday with your family!

  15. Merry merry, Lisa! Sara loves Christmas too! ;) Hope you had a great holiday season!

  16. Beautiful post and a beautiful couple! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Xo, Stephanie


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