Christmas Spirit

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“Hum-bug.”

“Get in the Christmas Spirit.”

I’m sure we’ve all heard those phrases whether said to us or to others. But, I ask you; what is the Christmas Spirit?

Is it putting up a tree? Decorating the house/office? Baking? Purchasing or making gifts for others? What is it?

It’s December 8th and to be honest, I haven’t thought much about Christmas, yet. Our children are all adults, but, when they were little, I went all out–baking, decorating, trips to various Christmas themed events, and reading an advent story each night.

The older I get (and next week that will happen, too) the more I wonder, “[What is] Christmas really all about, Charlie Brown?”

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We, Christians, celebrate Christ’s birth at Christmas time. What a wonderful, exciting time! Yet, it has become so . . . can I use the word “jaded?” . . .

“. . . the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28) Is this what the Christmas Spirit is truly about?

I believe so. If we look at Christ’s examples, we see love along with forgiving of our sins or “go and sin no more” command. God sent His Son to walk among us. I have a hard time comprehending the enormity of it all in my little human mind. It is truly an awe inspiring event.

What if we lived out the Christmas Spirit all year long? What if we loved others, were patient with others as much as we are at this time of year. What if we strove for peace in our relationships with others. What if we served without expectation of getting something in return.

Gift giving, baking, decorating, Christmas trees, and family traditions are never a bad thing. If that is your “thing” then that is super! But, if not, that is perfectly okay, too. Let’s cut one another some slack. The world has become super judgmental, over-sensitive, and just plain rude. Let’s combat that with kindness, love, and joy. (trust me, I’m preaching to the myself, too!)

I think Jesus would love that for His birthday this year and for the years to come!

 

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