Christmas


I wish each of you a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS.

Carol of the Bells – Pentatonix

This is one of my favorite Christmas songs. Take a listen.

Cloverton’s Christmas version of Hallelujah

 

I’m spending the day in my pajamas wrapping Christmas presents and making cookies. AND, to make sure I keep the reason for the season forefront in my mind, I will watch the movie The Nativity Story later today or tomorrow.

Michael Bublé – It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJ5DOWPGxwg

Started my Christmasing today. Dropped off my Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes at a drop off location. Doing my part to light up a broken world.

“The increase in the commercialization of Christmas is astonishing for those of us who’ve been around a few decades. Just when we thing Christmas couldn’t possibly be made more commercial, the retailers and advertisers figure out a way to do it. A large percentage of the average retailer’s revenue is generated in November and December of each year–it’s the pot of gold at the end of their retailing rainbow. …

If I had to choose a word to summarize Christian Christmas giving, I think I would choose appreciatively. If we give gifts to each other appreciatively, we’ll be saying, ‘I honor and appreciate you. I’ve selected this gift for you because I want you to know how much I value you and the role you play in my life. This gift isn’t a payment–it’s an expression of what I could never repay or replace: your unique friendship.’” (David Jeremiah, The 12 Ways of Christmas)

 

“Creativity is the hallmark of Christmas. Think of the originality that went into the first Christmas. Every feature was a surprise, for nothing seemed to follow the natural scheme of things. The eternal God in a manger. No room in the inn. Visitors on camels. Shepherds in their fields. The star. No one but the Creator Himself would have scripted it that way. …

Truly creative people derive their creativity from the Creator, so it’s important to ask God how He’d have you celebrate Christmas. He alone can create out of nothing. We’re only creative in a secondary sense, taking what He has already made and “fiddling” with it. Ask Him to show you fresh and meaningful ways to celebrate Jesus in your heart, in your family, and in your church.” (David Jeremiah, The 12 Ways of Christmas)

 

Excerpt from my Christmas reading:

“… the heart of the Christmas story: sacrificial love…love and sacrifice are synonyms, the deeper the cost of giving, the deeper the experience of love and joy. Sacrifice, of course, is what the true Christmas story is all about. It is not so much about giving as it is about sacrificing. (All sacrifice is giving, but not all giving is sacrifice.) … Sacrifice means to give to another person something we could have kept for ourselves. It means to choose, to deny, to love, to give, and to find the deepest pleasure in another’s joy. …

There is no shortage of opportunities to sacrifice. All we have to do is look for the need. That’s what God did when He sent His Son into the world at the first Christmas. The need was twofold: for the human race to see what had been lost in the Garden of Eden–perfect humanity; and to restore what was lost–fellowship with God through the forgiveness of sins. Once the need is identified, the gift becomes obvious. The challenge is to be willing to provide a gift as big as the need. Sometimes the need is bigger than what we can comfortably give in terms of time or treasure. And that’s where sacrifice comes in. Giving becomes sacrificial when we take something we might normally have channeled toward ourselves and dedicate it to increasing the joy of another.” (David Jeremiah, The 12 Ways of Christmas)

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