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10 Ways to Keep Christ in Christmas

So many of us can get lost in the hustle and bustle of buying gifts, attending parties, and preparing our homes for family that we forget to keep Christ at the center. We can easily lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas, and before long end up stressed and overwhelmed from the barrage of things to get done before December 25th. It is important to slow down, balance your schedule, and reflect on why this day even exists.

Through my own experience with trying to manage visiting all my relatives, buying a gift for everyone, and preparing my home for family visits; I simply got lost in the busyness of it all. I will share with you 10 tips on how to manage your time and keep the focus of Christmas.

  1. Set aside a special time to read with your family the Christmas story in Luke 1:5-56 through 2:1-20.
  2. On Christmas Eve, start a tradition of taking family communion together as a way to remember Christ’s death and resurrection.
  3. Set up a nativity scene in your home or front yard as a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas. Put up Christ centered decorations and ornaments through your home, and place lights on your Christmas tree to symbolize the “light of the world.”
  4. Play Christ-centered Christmas music as a way to focus on Christ and the miracle of His birth. Secular Christmas music is fun, but too much of it can take the true meaning away from Christmas.
  5. Attend a Christmas service at your church, and worship the Lord for sending His son into the world for us.
  6. Send Christmas cards with a spiritual message. This can be a great way to share the birth of Jesus Christ with others.
  7. Make a birthday cake for Jesus. You can even sing happy birthday to Jesus.
  8. Find ways to give back to others with your time and/or resources. You can even show the love of Christ to your neighbors by baking them homemade treats.
  9. Keep focused on what Christ has done in your life by writing or saying (5) things that you are grateful for daily.
  10. Watch the Nativity Story and choose other Christmas movies that you can watch that incorporates Christian values.

As we enter into this season of celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, may we be reminded to include Christ into our family’s festivities. Teach our children and talk to them about why Christmas is celebrated. When I was growing up all I really knew about Christmas was Santa and getting gifts. Santa was the main focus and what I would get for Christmas. I went to Christmas Eve mass with my family, but we never discussed why we did that and the importance of going. It was not until I received Christ as my Savior in my twenties, that I came to realize the meaning of Christmas.

What about you? What Christmas traditions do you have that keep Christ at the center? Share yours with us.

 

About Stephanie Reck

Stephanie Reck
Stephanie has a heart and passion to see broken lives restored and redeemed through Jesus Christ. She writes through her personal experiences and her educational and professional background. She has over 17 years experience in counseling, and has a Master's degree in Social Work, Bachelor's degree in Psychology, and is a Licensed Belief Therapist. Stephanie has been married for 16 years,and has one grown son. Stephanie's desire through her writings is to bring hope and encouragement to the body of Christ, that no matter what you have been though or going through, there is restoration and redemption through Jesus Christ.

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    This is such a great article! I never in my life thought of making Jesus a birthday cake. Why not though? he would probably love that if we did!

    We will this year! Thank you for the wonderful writing. (hugs)

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      Lindsey,
      Blessings to you! Thank you for posting your comment. I was thinking this morning about baking a homemade red velet cake for Jesus. I started this tradition because I did not have any traditions in my family growing up where we focused on Christ.
      Merry Christmas to you and may this new year be overflowing with Christs love & blessings.

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    Stephanie R,

    What a wonderful list. I will have to keep these things in mind. I’m always up for a good, Christian-themed Christmas movie and I think communion is an excellent practice to recognize Christ on Christmas, or any day for that matter. I don’t know about baking a cake, but I can certainly pass the idea of to others who have better baking skills. Thanks so much for sharing. God bless.

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    Joel,
    Thank you for your comments. I am truly honored to share what The Lord has shared with me about keeping my focus on Him and not all the “distractions” that can come and drown out the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Blessings of His peace, love & joy this Christmas.

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