Let's Celebrate Christmas!

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord… Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men… And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

Luke 2:10-11, 14, 20

According to our text verses, Christmas is our Scriptural celebration of the first coming of our Savior Jesus Christ into the world by virgin birth in order to save all who will believe on Him and receive Him as personal Savior.

How shall we celebrate Christmas?

The lost world is notorious for the manner in which they commemorate occasions, often reveling out of control. Sadly, some professing believers follow the world in lockstep.

Now for a definition from WEBSTERS 1828 – “Celebrate” means:

  • To praise
  • To keep holy
  • To honor or distinguish by ceremonies and marks of joy and respect

Christmas ought to be a memorable event that joyfully praises and honors Christ for coming into this sin-cursed world in order to suffer and die for our sins.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:16

Here are some principles and some ideas. You may wish to add some of your own.

1. Always feature prayer and Scripture

Choose from these Scriptures:

  • Isaiah 7:14
  • Isaiah 9:6
  • Luke 19:10
  • 1 Timothy 1:15
  • 1 Timothy 3:16

You may wish to add:

  • Matthew 1:18-25
  • Matthew 2:1-15
  • Philippians 2:5-11

This should not be an afterthought, nor should you refrain in any way simply because family and friends may not share your intense faith. Read Scripture and study it ahead of time.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Matthew 6:33

…We ought to obey God rather than men.

Acts 5:29b
  1. Keep your family Bible in easy reach of the dining table.
  2. Place a Bible or a hand-written scroll with Luke 2:1-20 as a centerpiece or as part of it.
  3. Have Scripture verses on pretty slips of paper by each place setting for each one to read-in-turn.
  4. For the children, hide Christmas candies wrapped in Christmas Bible verses for them to find and then read the Scripture.
  5. While guests are coming, play recordings of Alexander Scorby reading joyful Christmas passages from the Bible. Play the recording just above soft instrumental music, setting a great atmosphere!
  6. After the meal, suggest a time for Christmas sharing. What part of the Christmas story (from the passages you read) moves you the most or touches your heart in a special way?
  7. Have a Christmas prayer time. Make a list ahead of time or ask each person for a prayer request. Each person could pray for one thing (country, military, church family, loved ones…) or there could be a designated pray-er who is not intimidated to pray out loud. (Don’t put anyone to sleep!)

2. Sing! (With Joy!)

  1. Have songbooks or song sheets with familiar Christian (not secular) Christmas carols, hymns, and choruses:
    1. Joy to the World
    2. Away In a Manger
    3. Silent Night
  2. If you or your family guests are creative, write a Christmas song or poem.
  3. Ask musical family members and guests to prepare some special Christmas music. (Keep it traditional and with a Scriptural message.)
  4. Go Christmas caroling in the neighborhood, and/or with permission, to a senior care facility. Distribute tracts.

3. Keep good memories alive and make some new memories

  1. Bring out the old photo albums and review your family legacy with Christmases past. Snap new pictures to add to these.
  2. Record participants reminiscing for future play: “What do you remember, Grandpa?” The older family and guests can share memories from long-ago Christmases, or all family and guests can share favorite memories.
  3. Children dress up for a Bethlehem first-Christmas play (impromptu) and direct them, snapping pictures of them (video too) the entire time. Each year, show last year’s play.

4. Promote Togetherness

  1. Get together the day before Christmas or Christmas Eve and bake something.
  2. Consider a Christmas potluck with everyone bringing and sharing.
  3. Take plates of Christmas dinner to those who are alone or needy.
  4. Have a “No Gossip – No Griping” (and no politics) rule agreed upon. Also, no discussion or debate over Santa, elves, or anything that is unnecessarily divisive and negative.

REMEMBER:

Prayerfully make gradual changes. Old habits die hard. All holidays (holy days) should focus on the Lord. It’s not about us!

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