Keep Christ in Christmas: every year we hear Christians use this phrase.
And of course, all of us want to do this. None of us wants to forget to keep Christ in Christmas; after all, Christmas is the celebration of his birth. There are lots of things we can and should do to keep Christ in Christmas as we come into this season.
I have been thinking a lot about this lately, and I’ve decided on the number one way to keep in Christ in Christmas in an authentically Christian way. I have decided the best ways for me to keep Christ in Christmas is to make sure I keep Him in my life the other 364 days of the year. It is not only about keeping his name in our greetings. It is about showing his influence in our lives. It is about living out the spirit of Christmas daily.
The way to do this is to live out Christ’s love. Jesus himself specifically told us to love our neighbor as our self. This means to have an authentically Christian Christmas, we need to show selfless love year-round. I have tried to show more love to others this year. I intend to redouble my effort in the coming year.
What should this look like in my life? The apostle Paul describes Christian love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8:
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails.
What a blessing this kind of love is in both the life of one who receives it and one who gives it!
Consider how, not just during the Christmas season, but all year-round, you can live out this selfless love toward the following people:
- Your spouse/significant other
- Your children
- Your grandchildren
- Your extended family
- Your church family
- Your co-workers
- Your friends and people you don’t like
- The cashier at Wal-mart
- Little children, even when they are too loud
- All the other people struck in traffic
In short, everyone.
Love never fails. If you will start now and pray that God will help you to show this kind of love year round, you will know what it means to keep Christ in Christmas. About.com also gives a list of 10 more ways to keep Christ in Christmas.