Keeping Christ in Christmas is a personal responsibility
By Teresa LeNeave
Our family is in the middle of a major life change. Many things are happening to bring about the change: we're building a house, which is a first-time event for us; a son's honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy, arriving back home two days before Christmas; moving boxes in the way and very little furniture in the house; Christmas Day coming too soon; and so many commitments that we can't even have our family Christmas until January 2.
I assure you, 2015 has been a whirlwind of a year. We broke ground on our house in April, hoping it would be completed by Thanksgiving. Sadly, due to permits and lots of unusual weather, we are three or four months away from completion and I find myself hoping for a Christmas miracle of peace and quiet.
Through the months, many of our belongings have been boxed up, and furniture has been moved to the garage at work. We don't even have a family dining room table for the family to eat our Christmas meal on. Thank God for folding tables! Every room in our home has been affected by the upcoming move. Christmas decorating is at a minimum. Five trees have been reduced to two. Garlands and wreaths are near non-existent. It looks the Grinch stole our Christmas, but thank God he hasn't stolen our Christmas spirit.
I guess what I'm saying is that it just doesn't feel like Christmas, but I'm not complaining because none of those things have anything to do with the true meaning of Christmas.
The most important thing is that our family knows that Jesus, and his birthday, doesn't get pushed out the door just because our life is out of order this year, or that it didn't work out the way we planned.
The reason for the season is still Jesus and he is never confused or disorganized. He is always present in spite of the busyness you find yourself in. Keeping it simple may just make Jesus shine brighter. Being on a tighter budget this year, and with so little free time while I'm caught up in the packing and moving experience, I am determined to take personal responsibility for keeping Christ in our Christmas.
You're probably just as busy and I'll bet Christmas has arrived too soon for you too. With all the busyness of life, what can we do to keep Christ in our Christmas?
Tips to incorporate Jesus into the holiday
- Sing a Christmas carol together before or after you open presents. What about "What Child is this?" or "Silent Night" instead of "Grandma got ran over by a reindeer"?
Take your family to a church Christmas program. The annual nativity scene is a powerful reminder that Jesus is the reason we celebrate.
3. Revitalize an old family tradition that you've let disappear. Your children will cherish the memories.
- Say, "Merry Christmas". Have you noticed, everywhere you go people are again saying, "Merry Christmas". It's pleasant to hear.
Christmas may have arrived too soon this year, but there is one thing that will remain the same. For our family, that one thing is ... keeping Christ in Christmas. It's a personal responsibility.