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Fitting Jesus into Christmas

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The chaos of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday is over.  Whew!  Was it as tiring for you as it was for me?  In case you’re still looking for gifts, you can find some really great items (don’t worry, you can do this kind of shopping in your PJ’s, from your couch!) in my Ultimate Frugal Christmas Guide!
Is it me, or has this time of year become a little overwhelming?  Growing up, Christmas time was always magical to me.  The lights, the music, the smells of cookies baking and pine everywhere.  The thoughts of presents, both giving and receiving; the excitement of picking out something special for the ones you love, and giving to those who are in need.
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Unfortunately, some of that magic has disappeared.  The hustle and bustle, the cramming at work to get as much completed before the calendar rolls over to a new year, the extravagant gifts on Christmas lists, and the rude behavior of Christmas shoppers has left me feeling like staying inside staring at the twinkling lights of my Christmas tree might be the only safe place to reside.  And the question lingers…

Where does the birth of a Savior fit into all of this chaos?
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How do we get back to the true meaning of Christmas?

First we need to take a moment and look at what Christmas really means.  The lover of English in me enjoys this!
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Christmas, begins with CHRIST in Old English and Modern English. It literally means the celebration of Christ.  Did you read that?  It begins with Christ.  

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  John 1:1-5 (NIV)

Wow, did that passage confuse you too?  It sure is a mouth full with all those mentions of “the Word” and “made” and there is a lot of repetition.  But what always confused me was the mention of “the Word”.  Growing up, I thought it referred to the Bible as being “the Word” and it confused me how the Word was with God when it was Jesus’ disciples that wrote it.  But if you take a closer look at it you can decipher the true meaning…

  • Verse 1 talks about “the Word”, who exactly is “the Word”?  If you read further into this chapter you find at verse 14 that it tells you exactly who “the Word” is.  The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.  So if you read this verse with it’s literal meaning, it would read as…

“In the beginning was Christ, and Christ was with God, and Christ was God.”  
John 1:1 Literal Translation

So in the beginning of the world was Christ and the beginning of the word that we celebrate this time of year is Christ.  So shouldn’t that mean something?  Shouldn’t that be our supreme focus; focusing on the one who created the heavens and the earth and all of the creatures in between?  

But if the world is so full of chaotic schedules and Scrooge-like individuals running around, how can we possibly turn our hearts and minds back to the place where it all began, in Jesus?  

Remember how I said that Christmas time use to be magical for me when I was younger?  I’m sure it held some magic for you too and it can even today, no matter if you are 10 years old or 100 years old.  The magic of Christmas is not really magic (like Harry Potter or David Copperfield kind of spells and sleight of the hand), but it’s an embodiment of the love that was sent to earth thousands of years ago in the form of an infant.  It’s the embodiment of the joy of celebrating the life of a Savior.  It’s the embodiment of the hope that He brought to this world.  It’s the embodiment of peace in which we feel when our hearts and minds are open to His call.

How is this possible in today’s society?

This month I will be focusing on how to exemplify Christ’s name in the Christmas season and how, even through the hustle and bustle, it is possible to celebrate a Christ-centered Christmas.  It is my prayer that my posts will help all of us to get ready to be in the spirit of praise and thanksgiving for our Lord and Savior, putting on flesh to come and dwell among us here on earth.

Will you join me in this journey to the manger?  Will you allow your heart and mind to be open to the greatest gift of all, Jesus Christ?  

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  1. I really enjoyed your post! I love how you summed up that Christmas should begin with Christ. He’s not just something we squeeze into our schedules during this season. Great post! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Marilyn,
      Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! With the way the world works these days, it’s becoming more difficult to stay focused on our tasks, including the true reason for the season, the arrival of our Savior. I pray that during this season you are provided many opportunities to stop and reflect upon the greatest gift of all! Merry Christmas!

    1. Dolly,
      I hope I can take my own advice and make time for fitting Jesus in, and finding time to write these blog posts! Haha! Thank you so much for your support and for taking time to comment. I pray that you are blessed this Christmas season!

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