Only a few more windows to open on those advent calendars and the count down to the big day is over.
We all want to enjoy the festivities with friends and family. But how can we make sure we don’t forget the reason for the season?
Christ didn’t just come to the earth so that we could exchange gifts and eat turkey (although, that stuff is great).
He came to save us from our failures and weaknesses and allow us access to our Father in heaven. This truth transforms us and is at the center of all we do and all we are all year round but Christmas is a great opportunity to be intentional about reflecting, celebrating and sharing the love of Christ.
Here are my 5 ways to make your Christmas day about Christ:
Remind yourself of the Christmas story
LUKE 1:5-56 THROUGH 2:1-20
Why not take some time to read the Christmas story, either by yourself or with loved ones. We’ve all been in nativities (even if we never got to play Mary…I’m not bitter…) and I’m pretty sure most of us know the baby in the manger tale pretty well. BUT it’s easy for us to become desensitised to the true power of the Christmas story, or for it to become buried under all the stuff that comes with Christmas. Even if you think you know the story back to front, it’s always a good idea to read it and reflect on the beauty of our Creator coming to earth in human form.
Say grace/ pray before eating
If the people you’re spending Christmas with are comfortable with praying, and if you feel it’s appropriate why not say grace before tucking into your turkey. I know those crispy roast potatoes are crying out to be demolished, but thanking Jesus is a great way to remind yourself and your loved ones of the reason why you get to have a feast.
Share the reason for the season with others
Christmas is the time where people are most open to hearing the gospel, because whether they realise it or not, it’s literally the reason why they’re celebrating. Who can you share the love of God with this holiday? A family member with a closed heart? A friend you haven’t reached out to in years? Be open for God to use you this holiday, to reach people who have never accepted the true reason for the season.
Play worship music
Christmas songs are fun to dance to, and most are ridiculously catchy. But many of them have nothing to do with Jesus. Of course it’s great to celebrate food, family and all the added magical things that make Christmas so special. But if you want to really make Christmas about Christ, why not set aside some time on the day to worship? Worship music is a great way to set an atmosphere of faith and praise in your home and will help your family to not lose sight of what this time of year is really about.
Attend a church service
If you can, why not go along to a church service on Christmas day? Most churches will have their doors wide open and a special Christmas service going on. Of course you don’t need to go to a church to experience the love and presence of God, but setting aside some time to intentionally praise and seek Him with fellow believers can be a special way to make sure your Christmas is Christ- centered.
I pray that you have a lovely holiday, spend time with family, eat too much turkey and most importantly, experience the love of our God.
How do you keep your Christmas about Christ?