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Have we Lost the Christ of Christmas



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Christmas, according to a list of federal holidays, is the Christian celebration of the birth of Christ.  It began as a day to celebrate the gift of God, the birth of Jesus Christ.  Why is it that, during the Christmas holiday season, the one thing we are not talking about is Jesus Christ? 

When asked, the general consensus of people is that we are losing the "Christ " of Christmas.  To avoid offending anyone, we are to say “Happy Holidays”, not “Merry Christmas.  It is okay to ask about what gifts the little ones want Santa to bring, but not okay to discuss the gift God sent.  Society has slowly created an environment where Jesus isn’t even welcome to his own birthday.

How, you may ask, is Christ being lost to Christmas?  Slowly, but surely, it happens when…

Instead, Christmas has become a time of overspending, over-indulging, disappointment and frustration as we run wild trying to shop, wrap and keep up with the expensive desires of our children and friends.  As the Christmas lights start glittering next October, realize that the only way you can keep  "Christ" in Christmas is to include him in your celebration.

Christ is lost in Christmas when we allow others to affect our speech and warn us not to make others feel uncomfortable by wishing them a merry Christmas.  When our celebrations are kept secular for fear of offending we miss the blessings of the holiday.

Christ is lost in Christmas when we overspend as we try to please everybody.  Stop!  Choose not to be drawn in to the commercialization of the season.  Let your family know, well ahead of time, that there will be one major gift for each of them this year.  Decide ahead of time what kind of spending will fit your budget and don't over-extend yourself.  Spend some of your time creating gifts and bringing simplicity back to your celebration.  Give yourself more time to consider the gifts of Christ.

Christ is lost in Christmas when we spend all of our time looking for and desiring the best gifts.  Spend time, daily, searching for him, desiring a relationship with Christ.  Study his story and realize how it enriches your own.  Focusing on things always removes the element of God.  Change your focus.  Read the story of Christmas to your children and discuss why it is important to retell and remember that story often. 

Christ is lost in Christmas when we follow the twinkling lights that chase each other across the rooftop and back but never really go anywhere.  Wise men followed the light given by a star that led them to the little house where Mary and Joseph were caring for the tiny baby.  As the saying goes, "Wise men still seek him."

Christ is lost in Christmas when we follow the twinkling lights that chase each other across the rooftop and back but never really go anywhere.  Wise men followed the light given by a star that led them to the little house where Mary and Joseph were caring for the tiny baby.  As the saying goes, "Wise men still seek him."

Christ is lost in Christmas when our parties reflect fun and Santa but not Jesus.  Throw a giving party where the focus is on giving instead of receiving.  Check out this site for ideas you can incorporate into your party.  Focus on others, just like Christ did and you will find Christ in your Christmas.

Christ will be lost in Christmas when we lose sight of him and let others make our choices for us.  Ignore the protocol of the day and keep him first in Christmas.  Start the next time someone says, "Happy Holidays."  Thank them, smile and respond, "And a Merry Christmas to you too!"

 

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