How should we celebrate Christmas?

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Christmas Day often turns out to be a day of pressure and panic for many people.  For others, it often turns out to be a day of disappointment, failing to live up to their high expectations.

I believe David Grayson expresses it accurately: “I sometimes think we expect too much of Christmas Day.  We try to crowd into it the long arrears of kindliness and humanity of the whole year.  As for me, I like to take my Christmas a little at a time, all through the year.”

Truly, Christmas is not about a particular date.  (In fact, it is almost certain that Jesus was not born on December 25.)  It is not the date that is important; it is the miracle of God entering our world as one of us that is important!

Therefore, our Christmas celebration should not begin and end with hanging Christmas stockings and unwrapping Christmas presents.  Nor should our Christmas celebrations consist merely of hanging decorations and sending cards to old friends and singing carols and putting spare coins in the Salvation Army kettle.

If we really want to honor the birth of the One who is true love in human flesh, we should do so by making it a habit throughout our lives to return to Him the love we have received from Him and by extending to everyone we interact with the love He brings to our lives.

I love how Howard Thurman put it:

 

When the song of the angels is silent

When the star in the sky is gone

When the kings and princes are home

When the shepherds are again tending their sheep

When the manger is darkened and still

The work of Christmas begins…

To find the lost

To heal the broken

To feed the hungry

To rebuild the nations

To bring peace among people

To befriend the lonely

To release the prisoner

To make music in the heart.

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