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Celebrating Christ in Christmas
Like many, Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I enjoy the lights, uplifting music and exchanging gifts with friends and love ones. I even look forward to the classic holiday movies. Overall, I love the genuine, holiday cheer that is in the atmosphere.
However, during such a festive season, with preparing meals, shopping for gifts, and so many other traditions, it can be easy to lose focus on Christ during Christmas.
Christmas is a time that many Christians around the world celebrate the gift that was given to man over 2,000 years ago. Here are some things to help celebrate the Savior. This also includes some of my favorite modern Christmas songs. Enjoy!
Ways to Celebrate Christ for Christmas
Go Beyond the Manager
Reflect on what Christ's death on the cross and resurrection brings (peace, joy, healing, deliverance, salvation and eternal life). Consider how having Christ in your life has impacted you personally.
As you give and receive gifts from friends and family, keep in mind the gift that God has given to us through His Son.
Read the Christmas Story in Your Bible
This is something we did as a family when I was growing up. After we opened our gifts, we had devotion. I actually enjoyed this. It gave us a greater appreciation for gift giving and a deeper understanding of why we celebrate Christmas.
Entertainment and Activities
Many Christmas movies come on during the holidays. When you turn on the tube, try to watch some that highlight the birth of the Savior. The same goes for Christmas music. You could also find a Christ centered Christmas play or concert to enjoy. Additionally, take time to go to a worship service.
As you decorate your home or office, reflect on how each piece ties into your meaning for Christmas. Some things that point to Christ are the star, the Christmas wreath and the candy cane. Talk to your children about what the symbols mean.
Donate your time, money and gifts to help those who may be in need. Although we are to walk in love everyday, go out your way to do something nice for someone else.
God gave the gift of His Son, Jesus. He gave His life, so that we can receive the gift of salvation.
Christmas Story Scriptures
These are just some of the scriptures that capture the essence of the message of Christmas.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a saviour, which is Christ the Lord.