I was sitting and having a conversation recently with a friend and was asked for ideas on how to make Christmas Day more about Jesus and less about gifts and many of the other trappings that come with this season. The focus of the question was about how to make Christmas Day more than simply a mad rush to open gifts and enjoy a lot of good food. While I believe there are many things we can do on Christmas Day to slow down and bring Christ into the day, I wonder if we were thinking too narrowly. It might be that there are limitations to what we can do (especially with young kids) on Christmas Day and there is nothing wrong with family, gifts, food and celebration on Christmas Day anyway.
Instead, I began to wonder if a better question might be how to bring Christ more into the entire Christmas season. I wonder if we need to expand our focus. Perhaps our opportunities to bring Christ into the holidays have the potential to be more impactful and useful if we consider it throughout the entire holiday season. My experience over the years has been that there are many, many activities, parties, concerts, programs, etc. that fill our calendars and energy between Thanksgiving and Christmas. So many of these are great! Yet I wonder if we miss opportunities to see or experience Jesus in our mad rush. The life of a Christ-follower is one of serving and putting others ahead of us for his glory. How great is our opportunity to do this at a time of year when we celebrate how much our Savior sacrificed for us.
Let me be clear - this is not intended to make anyone feel guilty, but simply that we might consider Christ throughout the season. So a couple of thoughts to help you out:
Some ideas I have done or heard:
Whatever you do, my prayer is that you have a blessed and marvelous Christmas this year!
Weldon Lemke has been leading Hope Chapel since 2009 with a passion to see people come to know God and grow to maturity in Him.