This is the time of year I usually begin to get forwarded e-mail messages from people who want to keep Christ in Christmas, or, as the subject line typically screams, “LET’S KEEP CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Sometimes these people are angry. They’re tired of hearing people say “Happy Holidays,” instead of “Merry Christmas.” They don’t like those signs that announce “X-mas Trees for Sale.” They want somebody to do something about it, and often they want me to do something about it. That’s why they forward those e-mails.
I found some excellent suggestions in an article by Mary Fairchild, who writes:
“The number one way to keep Jesus Christ in your Christmas celebrations is to have him present in your daily life. If you’re not sure what it means to become a believer in Christ, check out this article on “How to Become a Christian.” If you’ve already accepted Jesus as your Savior and made him the center of your life, keeping Christ in Christmas is more about the way you live your life than the things you say—such as “Merry Christmas” versus “Happy Holidays” (click HERE to read the rest of the article, which includes a number of simple, practical suggestions like reading the Christmas story from Luke 2 with your family; planning a project of “good will”; going Christmas caroling in a nursing home; or writing a letter to a missionary).
Ms. Fairchild hints that any attempt to force Christ into someone else’s Christmas celebration will be unsuccessful, but “where meek souls will receive him still, the dear Christ enters in.”
What if Christians celebrated Christmas in such a winsome and faithful way that souls all around them began opening up to “the dear Christ”? What if you and I tried to do that?
Mary Fairchild’s suggestions are good ones. Maybe you have others you could add to the list by clicking “comments” below.