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Keeping Christ in Christmas

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(Excerpts from …)  Ways to Keep Christ in Christmas
By Mary Fairchild, About.com Guide

The number one way to keep Jesus Christ in your Christmas celebrations is to have him present in your daily life. Keeping Christ in Christmas means daily revealing the character, love and spirit of Christ that dwells in you, by allowing these traits to shine through your actions. Here are simple ways to keep Christ the central focus of your life this Christmas season.
 
1)  Give God one very special gift from you to Him.  
   Let this gift be something personal that no one else needs to know about, and let it be a sacrifice. David said in 2 Samuel 24 that he would not offer a sacrifice to God that cost him nothing. Maybe your gift to God will be to forgive someone you’ve needed to forgive for a long time. You may discover that you’ve given a gift back to yourself.
   Corrie Ten Boom, a Christian who survived extreme brutality in a German concentration camp after rescuing many Jews from certain death during the Nazi Holocaust, was later able to say, “Forgiveness is to set a prisoner free, and to realize the prisoner was you.”
   Perhaps your gift will be to commit to spending time with God daily. Or maybe there is something God has asked you to give up. Make this your most important gift of the season.

2) Set aside a special time to read the Christmas story in Luke 1:5-56 through 2:1-20.   Consider reading this account with your family and discussing it together.

 3) Plan a project of good will this Christmas:

   A few years ago we “adopted” a single mom. My friend was barely making ends meet and didn’t have money to buy  gifts for her small child. Together with my husband’s family we bought gifts for both of them and replaced her broken down washing machine the week of Christmas. Do you have an elderly neighbor in need of home repairs or yard work?  Find someone with a genuine need, involve your whole family and see how happy you can make someone this Christmas.

4) Give a surprise gift of service to each member of your family:

   Jesus taught us to serve by washing the disciples feet. He also taught us that it is “more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35 (NIV)  The idea of giving an unexpected gift of service to members of your family is to demonstrate Christ-like love and service. You might consider giving a back rub to your spouse, running an errand for your brother, or cleaning out a closet for your mother. Make it personal and meaningful and watch the blessings multiply.

5) Set aside a time of family devotions on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning:

   Before opening the gifts, take a few minutes to gather together as a family in prayer and devotions. Read a few Bible verses and discuss as a family the true meaning of Christmas.

 6) Attend a Christmas church service together with your family:

   If you are alone this Christmas or don’t have family living near you, invite a friend or a neighbor to join you.

 
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2 thoughts on “Keeping Christ in Christmas

  1. Lance – too bad I didn’t write it 🙂 If you look at the top of the post, it was written by Mary Fairchild. This was just excerpts from her article at About.com. Thought she had some good suggestions … especially #1

  2. Caron, this is really an excellent post!

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