We live in a society that is slowly driving Christ out of Christmas and to justify this transition we are often taught that Christmas is a time for charity, a time for love, but most importantly a time for family. Which is still an honorable approach to the holiday. However, even with this attitude Christmas is becoming more commercial and less purposeful.
Christmas morning is always exciting because of this but the afternoons tend to slow down. It is during this time that I think we can start bringing Christ back into our Christmas. Around this time, during the afternoon, I have the habit of picking up a book. It's the perfect way to get some downtime in without sleeping the entirety of Christmas Day away.
So, I would like to suggest a series of novels that help balance this dilemma. And that series is The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. Some of you may have read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe or The Voyage of the Dawn Treader before but a fact that isn't as well known as it should be is that there are seven of them in total. Starting with The Horse and His Boy. Reading them again now that I'm older, it's interesting to see how Christ centered those novels are. C.S. Lewis is known for his religious writings but The Chronicles of Narnia have always been set aside as children's fiction. If you're looking for a novel to read on your lazy Christmas afternoon that doesn't distract from the meaning of Christmas, I suggest these books. Read only one or read them all, they are all short and quick but definitely worth the read.
In regards to Christmas I think both perspectives are important. Spend time with your family but also spend time with Christ. Read books that bring Christ back into your home.