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How to Keep Christ in Christmas

After Thanksgiving comes and goes and parades mark the beginning of the largest shopping season of the year, we soon find ourselves wondering how to really keep Christmas-or keep Christ in Christmas. This article is compiled from a variety of sources that will help you keep Christmas this year and for Christmases to come.

12 Suggestions to Keep Christmas

  1. Keep Christmas by reading and learning the Christmas story from St. Luke Chapter 2 and St. Matthew Chapter 2. Keep Christmas by focusing on the true meaning of Christmas and the origin of it.
  2. Keep Christmas by displaying an advent calendar and tie each advent step into family prayer time. This will help children be excited about Christ and prayer.
  3. Keep Christmas by planning a family service project to do or donate to during the month of December. Volunteer somewhere. Buy gifts or meals for needy families. Reinforce to your children (and to yourself) that keeping Christmas is about giving, not getting.
  4. Keep Christmas by attending church services. These services are often dedicated to the real meaning of Christmas.
  5. Keep Christmas by baking a birthday cake to celebrate the birth of Christ. Reinforce the truth that Jesus is the central figure of Christmas.
  6. Keep Christmas by purchasing a small nativity set for your children. Then play with them as you teach them the stories of each of the figures.
  7. Keep Christmas by singing Christmas carols. Go caroling.
  8. Keep Christmas by creating handmade gifts or giving service. Family activities centered on such gifts are a great way to keep Christmas.
  9. Keep Christmas by not stressing out and trying to please everyone all the time. It's too much pressure and you probably won't achieve it. Christmas is supposed to be an enjoyable time.
  10. Keep Christmas by giving in a little. Keep in mind that everyone's lives are at some level of disruption during the Christmas season. Be patient and charitable. After all, this is the season of peace and goodwill toward men.
  11. Keep Christmas by keeping things in perspective. Don't pay out more than you can afford. It is the person who is receiving the gift, not the gift that is important. The truest Christmas gift is love.
  12. Keep Christmas by relaxing and enjoying the season. Watch Christmas shows; go to a Christmas concert; drive around and see the lights; forget your diet; take time to visit family and friends. Christmas is a busy time, so try to accept it.

Keeping Christmas

by Henry Van Dyke

There is a better thing than the observance of Christmas day, and that is, keeping Christmas.

    Are you willing...
  • To forget what you have done for other people, and to remember what other people have done for you;
  • To ignore what the world owes you, and to think what you owe the world;
  • To put your rights in the background, and your duties in the middle distance, and your chances to do a little more than your duty in the foreground;
  • To see that men and women are just as real as you are, and try to look behind their faces to their hearts, hungry for joy;
  • To own up to the fact that probably the only good reason for your existence is not what you are going to get out of life, but what you are going to give to life;
  • To close your book of complaints against the management of the universe, and look around you for a place where you can sow a few seeds of happiness.
  • Are you willing to do these things even for a day? Then you can keep Christmas.
    Are you willing...
  • To stoop down and consider the needs and desires of little children;
  • To remember the weakness and loneliness of people growing old;
  • To stop asking how much your friends love you, and ask yourself whether you love them enough;
  • To bear in mind the things that other people have to bear in their hearts;
  • To try to understand what those who live in the same home with you really want, without waiting for them to tell you;
  • To trim your lamp so that it will give more light and less smoke, and to carry it in front so that your shadow will fall behind you;
  • To make a grave for your ugly thoughts, and a garden for your kindly feelings, with the gate open;
  • Are you willing to do these things even for a day? Then you can keep Christmas.
    Are you willing...
  • To believe that love is the strongest thing in the world - stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death - and that the blessed life which began in Bethlehem nineteen hundred years ago is the image and brightness of the Eternal Love?
Then you can keep Christmas.

And if you can keep it for a day, why not always?
But you can never keep it alone.

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