Keeping Christ in Christmas

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“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
John 1:14 New International Version (NIV)

Christmas!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year
With the kids jingle belling
And everyone telling you “Be of good cheer”

Read more: Andy Williams – It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year Lyrics | MetroLyrics

To be honest, I pull out the Christmas songs in July. Yeah, I’m that kind of a person.

So many people love Christmas.

However, once the season is upon us, it is “pedal to the metal” fast.

We have parties to go to, banquets, end of the year celebrations and more. There is shopping to be done, baking to do, decorations to put up and each and every weekend there seems to not be enough time in the day.

And, there’s the music. Oh the music!

Some of the best music was created around this season, and some of it is related to the biblical story of Jesus’ birth, and some are not.

I met a man from Tennessee, he was headed for, Pennsylvania and some homemade pumpkin pie. Perry Como

In the midst of all of the madness, it is easy for us as Christians to lose sight of the fact that we are celebrating the birth of the Savior, Jesus.

How can we keep Christ in our Christmas? Here are a few things we can do.

Celebrate with your church
Go to church for Christmas. Enjoy the Christmas programs. Maybe there will be a Christmas Cantata or a children’s Christmas Program. Go and support them and enjoy! If your church has a Christmas Eve service, attend. There will be plenty of opportunities to remember Christ in Christmas when you are attending church.

Prepare for the arrival — Advent
Advent is a practice that helps believers focus on the coming of our Lord in Jesus. It includes lighting of candles representing different aspects of His coming. There are a number Advent resources you can take advantage of to help guide you.

Read the Christmas story
Read both passages in the Bible that tells the Christmas story. You might commit to read them several times in multiple translations. In addition, you might find a Christmas devotional to walk through the Christmas season.

Sing Happy Birthday to Jesus/Birthday card/ Birthday Cake
The kids need a way to relate that Christmas is about the birth of Jesus. This can be by singing happy birthday, creating a birthday card or baking a cake. Further, you might make ornaments and/or decorations that relate to the birth of Jesus.

Writing Christmas not XMas
Obviously, Xmas removes Christ, literally, from Christmas. In the first century, the Greek letter Chi was a symbol representing Christ. Chi was the first letter in Christ. Over time, we just substituted X and now, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that we have removed Christ.

Give to a Christian Charity
Many Christians have the tradition of giving to a favorite charity during Christmas. A good way to keep Christ in Christmas is to choose a Christian based charity and to sustain the support. There are many terrific organizations such as Heifer (you can even buy a Cow!), Arkansas Baptist Children’s Home, Salvation Army, Soaring Wings Ranch, Renewal Ranch and more.

Give the gift of yourself to others, family, homebound, etc.
If you are baking as a family, why not make some extra and take them over to your local police department or fire department? Trust me, they will love it. You can also take baked goodies to friends or church members who are homebound or in other living facilities. They often do not get many visitors. Also, think about those who have lost loved ones recently. They often experience a lot of loneliness this time of year. Finally, why not invite someone else to your Christmas celebration?

Cultivate a Christian, joyous attitude in the hustle and bustle
It is easy in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season to have a hurried, stressed attitude. What a joyous representation of Christ to be patient and joyful when out shopping. In fact, please be patient and joyful to the workers in these places. They notice.

Place a Nativity Scene in your home
Do you have a nativity scene in your home? Set up a nativity scene and save the baby Jesus until Christmas morning. Then, set Him in the manger on that day when you celebrate your Christmas, before you open gifts. What an impression you will make on the young family members!

Think about the less fortunate
Do you have the ability to buy something for a single mother or someone who doesn’t have a job? Why not visit a homeless shelter, maybe gather as a Sunday School class and take them dinner? How about singing Christmas carols at a nursing facility? The point is to find someone in your community who is having a very hard time and see if you can make Christmas a little better for them. You know, that whole Matthew 25 thing.

Buy gift for a child
How about children in your community who have nothing and their family are unable to give them any kind of a Christmas? Do you know a child who has needs that you can meet? One way you can help with this is join with the Christmas Project and help get gifts for children in the Perry County Community.

How will you choose to keep Christ in Christmas? Let us know on Facebook!

Music. Here is a cool playlist on Spotify for Christmas music.