With it being the holiday season, our days are full of Christmas shopping, cookies, and debating what to get each person on our Christmas list. Sometimes, in our busy and hectic lives, we forget to take the time to slow down and think about what Christmas truly means. In Cleon Alleyne's video Simple Christmas on YouTube, we are asked the question "How would Jesus celebrate?" Take some time to think about that- how would Jesus celebrate Christmas if he was here on Earth with us today? Would he be worried about buying presents for everyone and spending money on presents, or would he look to spend time and give things that people need? These are some questions we need to bring with us into this holiday season.
Think about the true meaning of Christmas--giving. Jesus was given to us on Christmas as a gift to save us all. God gave us Jesus as our Christmas present. What if, instead of giving unneeded gifts to those who we are closest to, we gave our time to an organization in need? Spend time this holiday season helping out those around you. Volunteer or provide gifts for those who are in need. Many organizations look for donations and volunteers to run events this time of year and the recipients of your time and gifts would appreciate it more than you could ever imagine. While giving gifts to loved ones is always fun, take some time this holiday season and think about who else you could give to who may need it more.
Think about one of the best gifts you could think of this holiday season for friends and family. Did time come to mind? One thing that we seem to forget about in this crazy whirlwind that has become our lives is spending time with friends, family, and loved ones during the holidays. But in reality, is there any gift that could be much better than that? We often find that there isn't enough time in the day to sit down and have a real conversation with somebody; time to catch up and talk about things that are going on in our lives. This Christmas, try spending time with those you love, because that is one present that will never go to waste.
Finally, worship. Worship is one big word for the holiday season. With the hustle and bustle of gifts, baking, and holiday parties, often worship is what gets put on hold. This holiday season, take time to remember what Christmas is truly about and why it is around. Spend time in prayer and at church. Remember that, originally, the true meaning of Christmas was that we were sent a son. This son came into the world to forgive all of us and to remind us that we are loved, no matter what. This holiday season, give to those who need it, spend time with loved ones, and don't forget to spend time in prayer and worship. What better way to celebrate Christmas is there than that?