Some Christians are questioning the validity of “Christmas Decorations” during the holiday season. There is a group that sees nothing wrong with having a tree, putting up lights or playing traditional Christmas music. Then there are those who think that Jesus is being lost in the mix and we should not give gifts or focus on anything other than God.
What is Christmas all about anyway? It is a time set aside to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ; the Nativity. So, what's so bad about the things in the first paragraph? Can Christians be true to their allegiance to God & make merry as they send out the proverbial Christmas card or deck the halls?
I do agree that the retail community has commercialized Christmas too much, especially when they tend to draw employees away from their families on Thanksgiving & Christmas Day by having them work on the holiday. The way that Thanksgiving is lost between the celebration of Halloween and Christmas has gotten worst over the years. And let’s not forget that some people and some places demand that Merry Christmas be replace by the words “Happy Holidays”.
As I began to decorate this year, my husband & I went to select a “live tree”. After having had an artificial tree for over 20 years, the lights died. Decorating the tree reminds me of the wonderful family times that we had in the past: midnight mass, chopping down our own tree, walking through the snow, the Ooo’s and Awh’s when the lights were turned on, family gathering around the dinner table, and the love that is shared during this time.
If this one time of the year gives just one person the desire to come to church, or implants a little joy and good will; then let your light so shine before men - be it spiritual or a little physical. Instead of criticizing how we express Christmas, let’s spread the love of Christ to the world.
“Jesus is the Reason for the Season” and as you choose to decorate or not decorate – let’s remember to “Keep Christ in Christmas” and love one another instead of condemning how our neighbor chooses to celebrate with holiday decorations.
Isaiah 9:6 King James Version (KJV)
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
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