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My mom collects nativity scenes. She probably has 30 or so scattered around the house, each one with a different origin, but all telling the same story. She sets them out every year before Christmas, each has its own place. Everywhere you look, you encounter a visual reminder of the story of Jesus' birth.
Last week someone asked me what my family or I do to prepare for Christmas. My church lights advent candles, starting four weeks before Christmas. Advent means "arrival" or "coming", and the lighting of the candles helps build anticipation and reminds us that the day we celebrate Immanuel's birth is coming. But I didn't have an answer for what I do.
I've been reading the gospel accounts of the birth of Christ, but I'm wondering this: What do you do to prepare for Christmas?