The Reason For The Season
complain about the holiday season from October through the end of December
has become too commercialized. It's too secular now," they say.
all about Santa and shopping, but what about the Savior? Jesus is the reason for the season.”
probably agree with these sentiments. After all, Christmas is a time to
celebrate Jesus' birth, right?
how do you keep Christ in Christmas when you're already waist deep in the
hustle and bustle of the holiday—decorating trees, shopping for the perfect
gifts, Christmas caroling, and nativity plays, hosting family and friends,
baking cookies, and don't forget about pictures with Santa.
this post, I want to help you reframe your focus so that you can keep Christ as
the center of your Christmas activities and enjoy the holiday in a deeper, more
This post is NOT about advising you to give up your holiday traditions or
making you feel guilty about enjoying the "secular" or commercial
aspects of the holiday season. It's also not about cramming more projects into
your already overloaded schedule. Instead, I want to show you how Christ can be
a part of everything you already have planned this season.
We have a free 8.5 x 11" poster available that you can download and use as you wish. It will remind those who see it who is the reason for the season. Click >>here<< for the free poster.
The Christmas Tree
the centerpiece of Christmas decor, the Christmas tree is a great place to
showcase the reason for
the season. You can tell the Christmas story through nativity-themed
ornaments. As you string the lights, remember that Jesus is the light of the
world. And, when you get to the top of the tree, whether you prefer a star or an
angel, think about the night Jesus was born. Tell your children about the star
the wise men followed or the angels that announced Jesus' birth to the
shepherds. Now every time you look at your Christmas tree, you will see Jesus
and the joy He brings.
Nativity Story, The Star, and The Ultimate Gift are popular Christian Christmas
movies. But even movies about elves, reindeer, and snowmen can spark
conversations about faith, hope, and God's love at work. So, pop the popcorn, pull up your favorite
streaming service, and enjoy a great family night.
& Buying Gifts
gave us the most precious gift with the birth of Jesus. Giving is how He showed
His great love for us (John 3:16). As you shop for gifts, thank God for Jesus.
Be grateful for the blessings you've received. Reflect on the love you want to
share with your family and friends through your gifts.
Santa? Why not?! Can you not see
Christ's love at work through a man who makes toys and delivers them to
children around the world? Show your children God's love on display. Santa can perfectly
illustrate how God uses people to bless others. I can't imagine the Jesus who
ate with tax collectors and ministered to Samaritan women would denounce a man
who makes toys and delivers them to children.
reality is, whether or not you enjoy a Christ-centered Christmas is up to you.
Keeping Christ as the
reason for the season is not about denouncing Santa or the
commercialization of the season. It's more about how you live your life than
what you buy. The best way to have a Christ-centered Christmas is to make Him a
central part of your celebrations.
and celebrate the love and character of Christ that is present all around. Take
every opportunity to remind yourself, your family, and your friends about the reason for the season.
Grace and peace,
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