Christmas Reminders

christmasI love Christmas, it is such a beautiful time of year, it’s a time when we get together with friends and family, and share some fun times. But…

At Christmas time it is so easy to get caught up in the busyness of the shopping, baking, wrapping, running, entertaining, visiting, etc and forget the real wonder of it all. So I thought to myself, “what if we had little reminders every day to help us keep our focus on the real Reason for the Season?” I came up with some Christmas decorations we will see every day that have a spiritual significance that we can focus on.

So here goes…

christmas-lightsLights – One of the first things people do to begin the Christmas season is put up Christmas lights on and in their houses. Jesus came to be the “Light of the world” (John 8:12), He came so that we did not have to live in darkness. When we trust Him as our Savior, He guides us and helps us to shine His Light to others. So when we see Christmas lights, remember that Jesus is the Light of the world, and we are to let our lights shine for Him.

christmas-treeChristmas Tree – Some people put their Christmas tree up before Thanksgiving, now to me that’s a little extreme, but to each his own. Christmas trees are evergreens, so they are always green, they never turn brown and lose their color. They remind us that God’s love for us is forever, it never fades, He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). So, when we see a Christmas tree, we can remember God’s unfailing love for us.

Stars – Most people put a star on top of their Christmas tree. The star is a reminder of that star that the Wise Men followed that led them to Jesus. Those Wise Men rejoiced when they saw Jesus, they knew that He was the Christ, the King of the Jews (Matthew 2:1-11), and they gave Him their treasures – Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh. So, when you see a star on a Christmas tree, be wise – remember that “wise men still seek Him”.

Gift in handGifts –If there is a tree, there are usually gifts under it. The Wise men brought gifts to the baby Jesus because they knew He was a special baby who would grow up to be the Redeemer of all. Even though the Wise men brought gifts for Jesus, He came to be the Greatest Gift of all. Just like when someone offers a physical gift to you and you reach out and accept it, The Lord Jesus offers a spiritual gift to you of eternal life in Heaven with Him and all you have to do is reach out and accept it. He died for our sins to pay the price that we could never pay, and we must believe in Who He is and what He did for us to be saved. “…by the righteousness of One the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life”(Romans 5:18). So, when you see gifts under the tree, remember the Free Gift that Jesus gave to us – our Salvation!

I’ll quit here and keep it simple, but I’m sure you can come up with some ideas of your own, some ways to keep “Christ” in Christmas so that we don’t lose focus of why we celebrate this wonderful time of the year.

As we say in England, “Happy Christmas”!!

~Graced and Grateful Grammy

Keep “Christ” in Christ-mas

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