7 Ways to Keep Christ in YOUR Christmas Season

By “keep Christ in your Christmas season,” I don’t mean putting a bumper sticker on your car or otherwise staging your own form of protest against the world’s current preference for “Happy Holidays” over “Merry Christmas”–though I have no objections if you do so, as long as you avoid arguments that violate the spirit of peace on Earth. What I’m talking about in this post’s title, though, is practices that keep you, as an individual, aware of Christ as “God with you,” even when you’re short on money for gift shopping and have gained five pounds already and find your car too cold to start without a fight. Even the most spiritual among us can get caught up in the “must dos” of a holiday season turned alternately stressful and depressing.

To draw closer to Christ and make Christmas what it was meant to be:

Do listen to your favorite carols–I mean really listen. Don’t just use “The First Noel” and “Silent Night” as background music–sit down, close your eyes, and let their message sink in deep.

Do reread the Christmas story several times during the season–and, again, let it really soak in instead of skimming it with a “been-there-heard-that” attitude.

Do attend Advent and Christmas Eve services. In the hustle and bustle of December, it’s important to spend time in those settings where true worship (rather than “buy now” commercials) holds center stage.

Don’t feel obligated to attend every other Christmas event, even the Christmas-story-focused and church-sponsored ones. Parties, concerts, community festivals, and pageants are wonderful things, but if you schedule two every night for three weeks (which is hardly impossible in a typical urban-suburban community), you may be left feeling frazzled, sick, and surly, rather than joyful.

Spend time with family and friends in groups of two or three, not just in huge gatherings where true relationships are hard to nurture. Why not plan a weekly “pray together” coffee with your spouse or best friend?

Consider an “alternative gift”–a charitable donation in a friend’s or relative’s name–instead of spending $50 on another sweater or kitchen gadget. Many families have made this a tradition and prefer it to direct gifting. If unwrapping “real” gifts is a tradition you hate to part with, at least put aside the idea that you have to match everyone else in number of packages or money spent, and concentrate on what would be really meaningful to the recipient. Have you ever prayed to God for help in selecting true gifts of love?

Pray every day! If you truly believe Christ is with you, take time to talk with Him. He would rather give you the peace of Christmas in silence and stillness, than see you run yourself ragged trying to squeeze every drop of celebration out of it.

Don’t be one of the crowd who give themselves holiday blues by trying to milk the Christmas season for all it’s worth. Take time to be still and know that He is God–God with us–and that He wants to give you the true joy of Christmas.

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  1. Steve Duson

     /  December 5, 2014

    Good words. Thank you, Katherine. Especially like the idea of focusing on spending time with small groups of people instead of large.

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  2. Margaret

     /  December 5, 2014

    Very nice, Kathy. Thank you.

    Mom

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  3. Gina Etherton

     /  December 5, 2014

    Thanks for this!! I always read and some times print your blog page. Today is a print your blog page day. Giving copies to the present class. So many are in Christmas crisis. I love easy steps!! May God bless your Christmas!!

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  4. Jo Swank

     /  December 7, 2014

    Bless you, Kathy! This post is making a connection, touching the hearts of folks….Amen!
    Wise words!

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  5. Jerrie

     /  December 9, 2014

    So good, I passed this one to some special friends.

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