Preparing for Christmas: In simple terms

How could we prepare for Christmas? Below are two short answers I gave to some high school students.

1. Christmas is all about the birth of Christ. As is usual in a birthday celebration you are attending, you prepare a gift. The best gift you could give to Christ is to go to confession. On the first Christmas, Christ was born in a manger. Each succeeding Christmas, you have to allow him to be born in your soul. You do that through confession.

2. When you attend a birthday celebration, you usually greet the celebrant. We have to do the same this Christmas. You have to greet- talk! with Jesus- in prayer. Then talk with the people close to Him- Mary and Joseph. Ask them how they prepared for the first Christmas.

How to go to Confession
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Chesterton on Christmas
  • Quotations from GK Chesterton from The Everlasting Man

"The hands that had made the sun and stars were too small to reach the huge heads of the cattle. Upon this paradox, we might almost say upon this jest, all the literature of our faith is founded." - G.K.Chesterton, The Everlasting Man