50 Ways to Put Christ Back in Christmas: And Keep the Spirit All Year
Vanessa and Deron Snyder
| You don't have to be a Christian to put Christ back in Christmas --
authors Vanessa and Deron Snyder show you how to put your priorities
back in order -- to remember the reason for the season. The principles
that Jesus espoused -- love and compassion for all mankind -- can be
practiced by everyone, regardless of religion.
Here in a compact, easy-to-read format, they present 50 simple, yet effective ways to keep the spirit alive, 365 days, all year long. These are guidelines for practicing His principles not only during Christmas, but also on a daily basis. Says entertainer Cece Winans, "Put Christ back in Christmas with this wonderful, inspiring book."
Vanessa and Deron Snyder are journalists living in Florida.
See also the Snyders' 50 Ways to Put Christ in Your Marriage.
1. SING HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Christmas is Jesus' birthday. If we sing the song for everybody else on her birthday, why not for Him? You may feel silly at first, but this is what Christmas is really all about. Sing just before the meal, and consider baking a cake in His honor.
Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing
2. HONOR GOD
Think about when you first committed your life to God and how you were willing to do whatever you could to please Him. Maybe it's time to become active in the church, or to start paying your tithes. Take an honest look at your life and identify the areas that need improvement.
But your hearts must be fully committed to the Lord our God, to
live by His decrees and obey His commands, as at this time.
3. WRITE YOUR THANKS TO JESUS
Sit down with your children and make sure everyone has paper and pens. Then have everyone list the reasons why he's thankful Jesus was born. Share your list with each other and hang them in a visible location as a reminder.
Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His
wonderful deeds for men.
4. READ MATTHEW 5, 6 & 7
Since we're celebrating his birth, we should remember what Jesus taught us with his life. Reading these three chapters -- sometimes referred to as the Christian faith's Magna Charta -- will help us stay focused on Jesus' message of love, compassion and service. This gives us everything we need, in a nutshell.
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman
who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of
5. RESPECT OTHER RELIGIONS
When the disciples complained about a man who wasn't part of their group, and was driving out demons, Jesus told them not to stop him, because whoever isn't against you is for you. Jesus was never about intolerance. There is good and evil in everyone, whether he's Christian, Muslim or Jew.
I have other sheep who are not of this sheep pen. I must bring
them also. They too will listen to my voice and there shall be one
flock and one shepherd.
6. TALK WITH JESUS
You know how you often call someone on her birthday? Use Christmas to give Jesus a call. Even if you talk with Him all year long, this is His birthday, and He deserves an extra special call. Let Him know how you feel about Him, how much you love Him, and that you plan to stay in touch more often.
If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves
and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will
I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their
7. PRAY FOR SOMEONE
We often try to remember others in our prayers. But this time, pick out someone and devote an entire prayer for her sake. Call upon the Lord for her in every way -- physically, economically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Say a special prayer for those who lost loved ones during the year or experienced some other hardship.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other
so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful
8. DESIGN A JESUS BANNER
In November when the holiday season starts to really gear up, design a "Jesus Is The Reason For The Season" banner, or construct some other similar saying. Hang the banner on your front door or some other visible place in your house as a reminder to yourself and others.
You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.
Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they
put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In
the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your
good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
9. BE A WITNESS
Christians are supposed to share the good news of Jesus Christ with others. Sometimes we don't, for various reasons, even though there are ample opportunities throughout the year. But if you're ever going to start, Christmas is as good a time as any.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and
you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria,
and to the ends of the earth.