I am so excited to share with you the second installment of my #ChristCenteredChristmas series this month! Since Christmas is all about Christ and His birth, I wanted to share with you 5 ways that you can celebrate Christ yourself and/or with your families this season.
I really love Christmas and aim to celebrate Christ every way I possibly can throughout the month because He is worthy of all the glory, honor, and praise.
So here are a few ways you can join me in celebrating Him! I will personally be doing all of suggestions listed below:
1. Go To Church
Yes, Christmas is on a Sunday this year. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to stay home- you can go to church! I know that not all churches will have service that Sunday but my church is and I will absolutely be in attendance. We’re even going to watch The Nativity Story. (Have you seen it?) I mean, what better way to spend Christmas than in the house of the Lord? I can’t wait!
You don’t have to stay all day- you can attend a morning service and still have the entire day to spend with your family. Or even if you don’t go to church, you can take time out to pray, worship Christ, and give Him some time. It’s all about letting Christ know that you appreciate Him.
2. Worship Christ.
There’s something really special about worshiping Christ, and Christmas is no different. After Jesus was born, wise men came to worship him and bring him gifts. We should follow this example, set all those years ago, and give Christ the worship He is due.
So before you embark on all of your other holiday festivities, set some time aside to spend with your Savior, just you and him.
3. Give to Christ (and others)
It’s great to give gifts! But what about Christ? Why is it that we so often leave Christ out of the gift-giving on His own birthday?
Giving a special offering to your church in honor of Christ’s birthday is an important way to celebrate Christmas. You don’t have to break the bank; any amount, whether big or small, shows the Lord that you love Him and that you recognize that this holiday is all about Him. Not only did Christ become a man for us and die for our sins, but daily He intercedes for us (Romans 8:34) so that we can be in right standing with God. He is definitely worthy of our devotion on this day of all days.
Giving to your friends, families, or even a complete stranger also shows the love of Christ. He wasn’t focused on himself but was always interested in how and what he could give to someone else- love, advice, or even miracles of life and deliverance.
4. Volunteer + Serve
Giving back during this holiday season shows the love that Christ gave and gives each day. He lived a life of complete servitude towards others, and beckons for us to do the same.
Look for opportunities in your community to help give clothes, food, or serve. And even after Christmas is over, continue to make it your mission to give back. I volunteer at my church every week, helping to give out food and clothes because I’m eager to have the love of Christ. He gave us everything so the least we can do is put others before ourselves.
Remember these powerful words from Mark 10:45:
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
5. Read the story of Jesus’ Birth
I love going back and reading the story of Jesus’ birth throughout the gospels because there are so many little details that I never want to forget. Plus, the story gets altered, exaggerated, and retold all of the time. It’s nice to know it for myself so that I can always sift through to see what is and isn’t true.