During the Christmas season its hard to visit places like Facebook and the blogging world to read the ugly+ negative status on what things people are doing wrong and how ‘we/they’ are doing it right. It’s sad that we get dreadful on the different preferences especially the things not defined in the Bible but the matters of conscience that sincere followers of Christ will come to different conclusions… (Santa or Not – Gifts or Not – Christmas Decor or Not – Trees or Not, Ginger bread Houses or Not, Christmas letters or Not, extravagant or frugal)
The decisions one family makes are not necessarily right or wrong for another family – Maybe we need to remember that Gods plan for each family maybe different. Let’s each make decisions for our own family as the Spirit leads us to, and stop casting judgment where it is not our place. Also let’s remember the one whom we serve and extend Grace in our differences! Maybe trust that the Holy Spirit will work in the lives and hearts of fellow Christians to convict them (if need be) and we are not the jury!…
Each year his birth means something different to each family, Christmases shift and change ~ You know sometimes Christmas makes me cry, missing my parents who passed away~ how can this day be the same? but sometimes it makes me so so happy thinking the savior is born! – God kept HIS promise!!!
So, lets not make others feel guilty or pridefully judge them on how they want to celebrate, frugal or extravagant , simple or beautiful, tree or none, Santa or not; just celebrate, Jesus is born! HE is definitely the center of the celebration! The long-awaited promise! Invite the neighbors, friends, family, eat, bake and rejoice in all that he gives us!
We try to teach our kids to handle it this way; not to judge or fight any practices around this time ( christian vs. christian wars) and I really pray they appreciate Jesus . So far we are just trying to build our own traditions, we do small gifts for the kids and don’t do Santa – but we aren’t judging anybody on what they are deciding…we are christian, let’s celebrate this day and not fight our difference or convictions.. Christ will always remain the focus/center of this day, nobody can or should change that!!! – So don’t let anybody’s, post, blog make you feel guilty to party away.. Rejoice Savior is born!
Joy to the World! The Lord is come Let earth receive her King Let every heart prepare Him room and heaven and nature sing! Merry Christmas my friends!!
Do you have any Christmas family tradition that you practice with your family? Do you sometimes feel guilty celebrating in a certain way?
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.