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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Christmas?- what is it really?

I will share I am not a big Holiday fan. I am a Christ fan, but I am  not a fan of what this season always seems to be about: spending,sales, and presents. You read over and over and over again in people's blog, twitters, etc how they are struggling to buy presents. Why? 

Are we not to be celebrating HIM? This season some how has turn into a season of presents, instead of a season of THE ONE AND ONLY GREATEST GIFT OF ALL.  If I could wrap salvation in a box I would give this gift to people, because that is “truly” what  people need more than anything else.

This season is not suppose to be about the best present you get or give, or the shopping, or being sucked in by every Christmas bargain out there. It should be about HIM- celebrating his birth. A gift for us believers that is matchless!

 

Teaching the true meaning of this season is what we focus on. We want to make sure that our children know  who this season is about and what it all truly means.

We also know,  this is not the time of the year our Savior was born, and we also know that this was integrated into the church to counteract a pagan holiday.  Another important consideration!

 

Jesus says himself

Matthew 22:29

29Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

(now he was speaking of other things in this verse, but can’t it be applied to anything in our lives?) Yes!

We error because we do not know the scriptures, we do not read them enough, we do not study the true meaning of the words, and we do not exam things that we read, hear or even know as “tradition”.

 

There are pastors that state their is nothing wrong with “celebrating” Christmas. I agree- as long it is truly about Christ.

We do decorate a tiny bit, but for the most part, we focus on the nativity scene. We have a devotion each night that focus on each part of this precious scene. We spend time reading the word, singing, and praying: as each day gets closer and closer to the nativity  figure of baby Jesus (which you take out on Christmas day)! What a joyous day that is for all of us!  This year we will make a birthday cake for him(chocolate at little Duck’s request) and we will sing Happy birthday to our Savior!

 

Let’s us take time to remember Christ this season!

 

Angie

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