I hear it so often- “Keep ‘Christ’ in Christmas!”, but what does that even mean? Does it mean you should get offended when someone wishes you “Happy Holidays!” instead of “Merry Christmas”? (hint: NO. Please don’t be ‘that person’.). Does it mean there is a certain number of church-related events you have to attend? Do you have to stand on a street corner and preach?
(Another hint: Nope, and nope.)
So, what does it mean to ‘keep Christ in Christmas’?
Well, since there are 6 days left until Christmas,
here are 6 ideas how we can “keep CHRIST in Christmas” this year:
C: Choose joy
Happiness comes and goes- that much is obvious, right? Perhaps this holiday season is difficult for you to experience ‘happiness‘, but JOY is about so much more than the circumstances around us- it’s the expectation of good that is yet to come.
Joy is not a denial of difficulties, it’s a perspective of peace.
Choose peace, now and always.
H: Help someone else
Is there a cause that’s on your heart to support? A neighbor who could use a little extra care? It’s not difficult to look around and find someone who is in need. Do something good for someone, without expecting anything in return, and you’ll be amazed at how much more blessed it is to give than to receive.
Your ‘Christmas-spirit level’ will go through the ROOF!
R: Remember the Story
The nativity story isn’t just a fun little skit for the kids in church- it’s the defining moment of human history, and it’s worth remembering. Don’t let this season slip away without spending some time reflecting upon God’s gift of Grace through Jesus. Don’t let yourself become numb to the beauty just because you’ve heard it before.
I: Invest in eternal treasure
The stuff under the tree is just stuff. It can be fun and exciting to give and receive gifts, but remember that the only gifts of true value don’t come from the mall. Fads, trends, and gadgets come and go- it’s all so transient and temporary. God’s grace and His love are forever- invest in reflecting that love to others, and you’ll never need a gift receipt! Those treasures are eternal; they will never break, never disappoint, never need a warranty.
S: Strive towards simplicity
Ready for a counter-cultural truth? Here it is: It’s okay to slow down. It’s okay to buy less and love more. It’s okay to rush less and enjoy more. If Jesus himself needed time to rest while on earth, it’s definitely wise for us to follow in His example. Focus on the relationships and memories that mean the most to you, and try not to spread yourself so thin across commitments until you have nothing left to give. Don’t get caught up in the hype of the ‘glitz and glamour’ side of the holidays- “more” won’t bring you lasting joy. If the Creator of the universe could simplify his majesty down to our human level, be born in a BARN, and live an entirely glamour-free life, I think the least we could do is follow His footsteps in exercising contentment and pursuing simplicity.
T: Tell someone about the Hope you have
The world around you could certainly use a little more hope. Not just the empty- “Oh, I hope stuff improves for you” type of hope, but the Hope offered through salvation in Jesus. This hope generates faith, instills joy, inspires us to act out of love, and anchors our souls during the most difficult days. It’s a hope worth sharing- at Christmas time and every other time of year!
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” (Hebrews 6:19)
If you’ve made it this far, thank you so much for reading! If there are any special traditions or ideas you and your family have to glorify Jesus during this time of year (or ANY time of year!), please comment below or send me a message- I’d love to hear from you!
God bless you always, and Merry Christmas!