Can We Have a Christian Christmas?

Jerry WalchStarred Page By Jerry Walch, 14th Dec 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A few days ago I was sitting in my favorite restaurant, Einstein Bros. Bagels, reading the Word. A group of young women sitting at the table next to mind were boasting about all the great buys they had made during Black Fridays, boasting about all the money they had saved on their Christmas shopping. An older lady sitting behind them murmured, “How sad that they have forgotten all about Jesus.” Yes, sad indeed.

Back in the Day

There was a time when Christmas was a simple religious holiday. A time when people exchanged gifts, but adults and even children remembered that Christmas was a time to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Those were the days when even marketers kept Christ in Christmas. Today consumerism has taken over. More and more with each passing year, are thoughts are being pulled away from the real meaning of Christmas, the Birthday of our Savior. We are being overpowered by our desire to give and receive more lavish gifts. As I sat there listening to those young women talk about the gifts they had bought for their friends and loved ones, as I sat there listening to the older lady grumble, I started to wonder if we could still have a Christian Christmas in this age of mass consumerism. I thought…yes we can!

We Don’t Have to Put Santa Claus in Prison

As Christians we have more to shout about than anyone else. We don’t have to stop exchanging gifts on Christmas to remember that we are celebrating the birthday of our Lord and Savior, the Lord of our lives. We learn from reading the Bible that it’s good to celebrate. Jesus told His disciples that it was good to celebrate while the bridegroom (I believe that Jesus was referring to Himself) was still with them. If the disciples were to rejoice, why shouldn’t we because Jesus is with us in our hearts. If the disciples rejoiced, what right do we have to be sour pusses? None at all, I say.

The Problem Isn’t Celebration

The problem isn’t celebration, the problem is what passes for celebration in our modern culture. We spend too much, generating large credit card debts. We eat and drink too much. We stress out over strings of Christmas lights that seem to malfunction as soon as we put them on the tree. We call all these things celebration when true celebration is simply being with the people we love, resisting all distractions, not feeling the need to place huge stacks of expensive gifts under the tree. True celebration begins with remembering what we are really celebrating and by asking God for wisdom and the ability to be transformed by the One we’re celebrating.

We Need to Stay Focused on the One

The best way that I have found to stay focused on Jesus is to stay focused on the Advent season. Advent means expectation and preparation for Jesus’ coming. Advent begins four weeks prior to Christmas. To celebrate Advent we need to spend time each and every day reading the Word. We need to read all the prophecies in the Old Testament about the coming of Christ and we need to read the scriptures about their fulfillment in the New Testament. The reading of the scriptures and praying for God’s guidance should be a daily family activity. We must make meditating on God’s goodness, kindness, and mercy a daily practice within our families. We must make meditating on the love of Jesus and the ultimate sacrifice that he made for us a part of our daily life. If we keep our eyes firmly on Christ we will put Christ back in Christmas and we will be able to have a Christ centered Christmas once again.

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Jerry Walch is a 71 year old freelance writer for hire living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has been writing since the late 1970s, and writes for both the print and online media. He specializes in

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
15th Dec 2013 (#)

wot about Hindu, Jewish, Brahman Christmas for after all the Christ consciousness is in All of them even by a different name

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author avatar Jerry Walch
15th Dec 2013 (#)

If you believe that Carolina....

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
15th Dec 2013 (#)

i do Jerry for the Christ energy has been around for many thousands of years...it is loving and caring and oneness with all which most people only associate with Lord Jesus the Christ..happy holidays to you and yours and a New Year filled with health, joy and loving..

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author avatar Jerry Walch
15th Dec 2013 (#)

Without the birth of Jesus Christ and Him dying on the cross for our sins, there would be no salvation for any of us.
Christ energy? God and His Holy Spirit existed before creation and Jesus Christ was God in the flesh. Jesus Christ was God's only Son sent to earth as a man to die for our sins. I'm not going to debate theology with you or religions of the world and their individual beliefs with you here, Carolina, but there is only one true God. Oh you mention Jews in your first comment, if you check the scriptures you will see that it was the Jews that Jesus told his disciples to tell the Good News to first, then the Gentiles. Jesus Christ in the flesh was a Jew. I will end this discourse with a quote from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert Houghwout Jackson who wrote, “The day that this country ceases to be free for irreligion, it will cease to be free for religion.”

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
15th Dec 2013 (#)

oh well Jerry you have to say and believe what you do just as I do...blessings of light and loving to you...

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author avatar M G Singh
15th Dec 2013 (#)

Nice post Jerry, though I am not a Christian

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author avatar Jerry Walch
15th Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you for reading and commenting Madan.

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author avatar Clarence Schreiber
15th Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you Jerry for the article. Sorry to say that Christ is slowly taken out of Christmas. We do know the truth that he is the reason for the season.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
15th Dec 2013 (#)

Amen Clarence!
Have a blessed holiday.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
15th Dec 2013 (#)

Interesting post indeed my friend!

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author avatar Jerry Walch
15th Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you Fern.

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
15th Dec 2013 (#)

Good morning, Jerry; wonderful explanation of Advent. It is difficult to stay focused on any religious aspects of this or even Easter when presents claim people's attention. I also applaud your decision to write about these subjects. I appreciate your honesty, stewardship through actions, and willingness to write your truth. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Jerry Walch
15th Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you Marilyn for reading and for your honest comments.
Have a blessed holiday.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
15th Dec 2013 (#)

Jerry, I couldn't agree with you more. Consumerism is out of control. It's sad to see. I think most people have forgotten that Christmas is supposed to be a religious holiday.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
15th Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you Connie.
Have a blessed holiday.

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author avatar Mariah
16th Dec 2013 (#)

Absolutely..Christmas is a time for giving..but not only in the material sense..friends and families coming together,
celebrating the birth of Jesus, and keeping in the forefront of our minds why it is such a special time of the year.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
16th Dec 2013 (#)

Amen to that Mariah.
Have a blessed, Spirit filled holiday.

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