Christmas can be a lifestyle choice…

“Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves.”

Eric Sevareid

Christmas and the entire holiday season is my favorite time of the year. It’s not the presents, the holiday treats, the movies, or the decorations. The best way I can think to describe it is as the “softening of human nature.” Regardless of individual beliefs, religion, or background, the world’s general tone is kinder and more loving.  

It is easy and somewhat cliche to say we want to “treat every day like Christmas.” To quote Charles Dickens “I will try to honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” Where we fall is that we expect everyone else to do it as well. When others don’t, we don’t, and we make excuses and allowances for our shortfalls.   

The key is not to expect the world to honor Christmas every day, but instead for each of us to choose our outlook on the world one day at a time. When we choose to represent the softer and more loving side of our own humanity, then the spirit of Christmas can be present every single day.  

To live in this way is the highest calling of all humans. Please don’t wait for others to do it first; choose to make it your manner of living. Then Christmas isn’t a necessity; it is simply a way of life.

What would happen if we spent our entire lives in the season of giving?

“Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them.”

Thomas Kinkade

The real joy of Christmas is in the giving, not the getting, of presents. There is just nothing like finding the right gift for someone special. It is way more fun to give than it is to receive. 

What if we viewed the discovery and use of our skills, talents, and real purpose in life with the same focus and enthusiasm? What prevents us from investing our time in this way? Perhaps we have to change our perspective and make it not about unlocking our gifts for ourselves but instead on giving our gifts to others. Our entires lives should be spent in the “season of giving.”

Christmas every day…

“Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves.”

Eric Severeid

Just how amazing would life be if we lived with this spirit every day of the year? Why don’t we? What would it take to live out the spirit of Christ’s second commandment in our daily lives?

‘And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:36-40

If we live with this as our daily focus then it truly could be Christmas every day. How different would our lives be then?

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

“The only real blind person at Christmas-time is he who has not Christmas in his heart.”

Helen Keller

The joy and power of the gift that we celebrate today is beyond all measure and comprehension. I hope and pray that everyone can find the true joy of Christmas in their heart today and keep it forever.

‘For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.’

Isaiah 9:6

Merry Christmas!

What it is about…

“Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” 

Calvin Coolidge

It’s not about gifts, it is about giving…

It’s not about me, it’s about others…

It’s not about being right, it’s about being together…

It’s not about us, it’s about Him…

Tell me how this doesn’t apply the other 364 days of the year? Merry Christmas Eve!

The joy of giving…

“Christmas is a tonic for our souls. It moves us to think of others rather than of ourselves. It directs our thoughts to giving.”

B.C. Forbes

This quote reminds of two verses that I was studying this morning.

“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4

“Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.” 1 Corinthians 10:24

It is easy to forget with all the hype in today’s world that through Christmas we are celebrating an eternal gift received by giving to others thoughtfully and without a focus on ourselves. Today I am committed to focusing not on the tasks or shopping lists, but on the pure joy of giving to others.

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