Jesus.

Savior.

Immanuel.

Messiah.

Visit any mall or shopping center right now, and you’ll get a different message of what Christmas is supposed to be. Stores hawking their wares with “the best prices of the season” want you to come in, be lulled by the glitter and lights and buy into the idea that Christmas is about buying and getting.

It’s easy to lose the real message of the season.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16, NKJV

Love Came Down. From Heaven. In human form. The Gift was Jesus.

The Gift still is Jesus.

But amid stuffed-full parking lots, long, winding lines at the check-out, and all the stresses that can come with Christmas, we forget.

I have to admit, after a very difficult year that includes losing my grandmother, being essentially laid off from my at-home job, and awaiting lab results following a new diagnosis for me, I’ve had a hard time getting in the spirit of Christmas this year. I have to keep reminding myself to focus on Jesus. After all, it’s been God’s grace & love that have carried me through this year and so many tough times before.

I encourage you to take a few moments to spend time alone with God and in the Word. Really think about Who we’re supposed to be celebrating, and why. Think about what you can do to celebrate Jesus.

For years, I’ve done as much as I can to keep our focus on Jesus during Christmastime. Our tree theme is the Nativity. Our Christmas home decor is mostly Nativity-themed as well.

DaySpring offers many items that help families reflect their Christian faith in home decor, including Christmas decorations. Their line, Love Came Down, helps us remember….

For God so loved, that Love Came Down.

I received the Names of Jesus Letter Block to review. I didn’t realize when I looked at the photo that it’s one solid block, but looks like alphabet blocks.

It’s a little smaller than I expected, but that’s great because it will go anywhere: on a shelf, on top of an entertainment center, on a window sill. Pretty much anywhere.

One of the features I like is that it includes several names of Jesus: Immanuel, Savior, Messiah, and Jesus. You can use it year-round. At Christmas, display Immanuel. At Easter, display either Savior or Messiah.

It’s a really diverse piece of home decor that can be used throughout the year.

My friends at DaySpring sent another gift and I’m passing it on to you: the Names of Jesus Latte Mug. The winner will be chosen at random and will receive a little somethin’ extra: your choice of either a coffee, tea or hot cocoa product. My gift to you.

But wait… that’s not all! They have also generously extended a special offer to one of my readers who will be chosen randomly: a $20 coupon code. If you win, there is a minimum purchase of $20 required and shipping charges will apply. The code will be good until December 31, 2012.

To enter, just leave a comment telling me how you and your family keep your focus on Jesus during Christmas and how you celebrate when Love Came Down. Entries will be accepted until 11:59 pm EST on Tuesday, December 20th. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, December 21st.

If you’re still looking for great Christ-centered gifts or home decor, check out the (in)spired Deals for December.

Note:  DaySpring has given me these products at no cost to me for review. All opinions written within this post are my own. I have not been compensated in any way for my opinion about these products.

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