To accomplish this, you will need to be proactive and now is the time to get your reindeers in a row. Here are a couple of things that will help you accomplish it:
1. First of all, FOCUS. It is important to embed the concept of a season into your heart. To make this happen you will need to discipline yourself each day and TAKE THE TIME to reflect on what the season means. When I say "take the time" that is literally what I mean. You will need to aggressively take possession of your own time. You will need to create space within your day to reflect on what is most important about life and do this without having any form of media within reach.
The internet immersion culture we live in is giving us all a dose of attention deficit disorder. For example, studies have shown that couples who are in close proximity to cell phones have less meaningful conversations with one another. You only have a certain number of hours in your day and a certain number of brain cells to focus on what is in front of you. Time and attention spent in front of a blue screen is time and attention away from the things that really matter. Advent begins December 1 and ends December 25. Within those brackets is enormous opportunity for change that could greatly impact your spiritual life. If you force yourself into a season of reflection you can effectively reclaim some of the spiritual territory you may have lost as a result of spiritual priorities being sucked away by thousands of other less meaningful distractions.
A season is a period of time in which we intentionally remind ourselves of some aspect of our Christian belief. In the case of advent, we focus our attention on the incarnation event in which God Himself came to us in human flesh. There are numerous aspects to this doctrine that should be continually emphasized in the Christmas season. These themes are hit upon in the great Christmas hymns and sermons of advent. Get yourself a good advent devotional that hits on these themes and take your family or community group through them (I just happen to know of a good advent devotional here.) Make the season a time in which you come to worship and involve your family and children in worship in your local church.
2. Secondly, it is important that you SACRIFICE in order to make the kinds of changes necessary to bring meaning into the season. The only truly meaningful things in life are those things we gain through sacrifice. The divine incarnate theme is one of sacrifice and humility. Again, this is a concept that runs against the grain of culture. The mantra of which is that life is all about SELF. We are a product-driven me-centered entitlement society that forces a consumeristic mentality into all of life. This way of thinking is deadly to the soul. C.S. Lewis observed that a persons "hell" begins with a grumbling mood. The more entitled we feel about life, the more lifeless we become.
As Christians, we have been redeemed by the blood of Christ and are set free from the bondage of our sinful condition. But that doesn't mean we are not susceptible to all the temptations of the culture we live within.
The only hope we have of breaking free from this bondage is the discipline of self denial. Advent is a season to start giving things away and I'm not just talking about Christmas gifts. We need to give away our time, our desire for more, our need for attention and affection. We need to give away our selfish hearts, give away our anger, give away our petty demands and senseless expectations of others. We need to give away our desire for comfort and convenience that hold us back from meaningful ministry and new relationships.
How is this accomplished? How do mere mortals learn to sacrifice in this way? The answer of course is to rely on the grace of God and the work of His Holy Spirit within us. But a sense of awareness of that grace has to wash over us in order to bring about so radical a change. In this regard, I agree wholeheartedly with Tim Keller:
Humility is only achieved as a byproduct of understanding, believing, and marveling in the gospel of grace. But the gospel doesn't change us in a mechanical way. Recently I heard a sociologist say that for the most part, the frameworks of meaning by which we navigate our lives are so deeply embedded in us that they operate "pre-reflectively." They don't exist only as a list of propositions, but also as themes, motives, and attitudes. When we listen to the gospel preached or meditate on it in the Scriptures, we are driving it so deeply into our hearts, imaginations, and thinking that we begin to instinctively "live out" the gospel.I guess the major point I am making in this post is that a meaningful Christmas season is something that has to be nurtured. You have to seek it to find it and knock for it in order for it to be opened. These things may not be the whole answer to a meaningful season, but certainly focus and sacrifice are a big part of the answer.