“I’m participating in the Keeping Christ in Christmas Blog Carnival, hosted by Raising (& Teaching) Little Saints, Truly Rich Mom and Arma Dei: Equipping Catholic Families. We’ll be sharing different ways, tips, stories and real-life experiences that will help us focus on Jesus as the Reason for the Christmas season. Please scroll down to the end of the post to see the list of carnival entries.”
Nowadays, Christmas is equal to shopping, giving and receiving gifts, having the best Christmas decor, dressing up to the nines, attending Christmas parties and gatherings, gobbling up delicious food, and to have fun and enjoy the vacation.
I don’t think these are wrong, but as a Christian, it is important to keep Christ in perspective.
When I shop and give gifts, do I give them to please my family and friends, or do I give them out of love and out of showing appreciation that my family and friends are blessings from the Lord?
When I decorate my house with the Christmas tree, lights and vignette, do I put them up for aesthetic purposes only, or do I incorporate making and displaying cherished family memories?
When I attend parties and gatherings, when I devour food, do I gossip with the others and eat too much until my tummy hurts or do I say what is pleasing to the Lord and thank God for the food to be taken in moderation for the benefit of my health?
When I enjoy Elle’s vacation from school, do I just let her watch TV all day or do I read books to her and tell her the story of Jesus’ birth?
As a Christian mom, I need to focus on achieving a Christ-centered Christmas. I bought this book at the OMF Literature Bookstore to read to the children and help me tell the real Christmas story, it has a little customization to make it more interesting to kids.
Here’s a book I saw that could also help us celebrate a Christian Christmas.
Advent Conspiracy, a website I stumbled upon, outlines the ways Christians could have a Christ-centered Christmas:
- Worship fully
- Spend less
- Give more
- Love all
Food for thought from Advent Conspiracy: Christmas is awesome! Christmas stress is not. This Christmas, are we celebrating a ‘what’ or a ‘who’?
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to introduce Jesus Christ (not Santa Claus) to our children through Christmas season and to show the ways He exemplifies Christmas spirit throughout the year? I would like to leave the legacy of Christmas as a stress-free one, filled with gratitude and love. This is how I would like to keep Christ in Christmas.
Here are the links to the other blog carnival participants. I hope you’ll take the time to visit them and leave a comment on their posts! 🙂 The list will be updated throughout the day, so please do come back and check on them. God bless us all!
Felix at Fifty: What Jesus Wants for Christmas
Mountain Grace: Keeping Christ in Christmas
Deeper Truth Blog: Keeping Christ in Christmas Carnival
Green Eggs and Moms: Keeping Christ in Christmas: Green Eggs & Moms Style!