How To Ruin Christmas

Christmas is a time of celebrating the birth of Christ, but we do a good job messing that up. Today I want to just point out a few ways that you can ruin Christmas. And no, the ideology of Santa isn’t a main point, go read the last blog for some of my thoughts on Santa.

I have been thinking about the traditions I want to establish with my children when it comes to celebrating Christmas, and also the things to avoid. We have to do our due diligence as parents to teach and train our children the real reason for Christmas, especially in this materialistic world we live in.

You can ruin Christmas by forgetting the reason of the season.

As the old saying goes, Jesus is the reason for the season. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ, the Saviour of the world. Throughout the hustle and bustle of the season, all the parties and family gatherings, through everything that is going on, don’t forget that Jesus Christ is the reason for our celebration! Read the Christmas story from the Bible on Christmas morning before doing anything else! Sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Jesus on Christmas! Do things that always put Christ at the forefront of your Christmas celebration.

You can ruin Christmas by going into debt.

In this materialistic world, we are so focused on buying the biggest and the best toy, gadget or whatever the popular thing is at that moment. People will go into debt to try to buy whatever they can for family and friends. Be realistic with your budget when it is time to buy presents for people. If you don’t have the extra money for it, you don’t have the extra money! Just remember that after Christmas is over, you still shouldn’t be paying for that gift months later.

You can ruin Christmas by focusing on what your getting and not what your giving.

Christmas is the season of giving. God gave His Son to us, expecting nothing in return. Your Christmas gift giving shouldn’t be predicated on what that person is giving to you. Your gift giving should be based on what that person means to you (stay in your budget!) We live in a selfish society where everyone is out to get what they can, no matter what. Let’s change that way of thinking and see what we can give to others, not just at Christmas but throughout the rest of the year.

7 Rules of Life

Someone shared the below picture on Facebook the other day. I read it and I thought it was pretty good. I then thought about the Biblical aspect of each one of these “Rules” and thought I would share those here.

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RULE 1. Make peace with your past so it won’t disturb your future. “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,” Philippians 4:13 If you are still holding unto your past, you will not be able to reach ahead and take control of what is ahead of you in your future. God wants has forgiven your past, why can’t you? He wants you to remember what He brought you out of, but He doesn’t want it to stop you from serving Him in the present.

RULE 2. What other people think of you is none of your business. I like this point! Today’s society dictates that we have to look a certain way, have a certain amount of money, and a whole list of other standards that we have to meet to be accepted. At the end of the day, none of that matters….what God thinks of us is what matters. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” Genesis 1:27 God created us in His image so why are we worried bout whether others think, we should be worried about what God thinks of us, of whether or not we are being a good representation of Him.

RULE 3. The only person in charge of your happiness is you. You can tell a lot about a person by what makes them happy and what makes them sad. “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” Philippians  4:4 Our attitude should be based on what Christ has done, not on what our circumstances dictate. You should be happy because your joy is based not on yourself, not on what others dictate or even what circumstances bring your way but it should be based on Christ. Yes, you are in charge of your happiness but put God in control of your happiness and you will find joy in the Lord.

RULE 4. Don’t compare your life to others. Comparison is the thief of joy. God created each one of us as individuals. We all have our own life to live. If you focus on the lives of others and compare yourself to others you will never be happy.

RULE 5. Time heals almost everything. Give it time. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 We all are going to go through heartache and pain. We will all have troubles and trials in life. It will be hard to let go of some things, to forgive, to even forget some of the things that we have been through. If we as Christians, stay serving and faithful to God through our rough times, I believe that we help heal those hurts an pains. We have to remember that God has a plan for each one us. It may not always be easy but remember “all things work together for good.”

RULE 6. Stop thinking so much, it’s alright not to know all the answers. “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7 We don’t know all the answers to life and we never will. Stop worrying. Stop trying to figure everything out on your own. Start trusting and relying on God. Have faith in God that He knows all the answers to your life. God will give us the peace that we need when we need it. He will lead us and guide us in the way we should go. Stop thinking so much and start trusting God more!

RULE 7. Smile! You don’t own all the problems in the world! “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.” Psalms 43:5 Hey Christian, smile! We let the problems of the world and everything going on around us bring us down. Praise God! I like this verse because it says that God is the health of your countenance. If you have God in your life, your countenance will be healthy. A healthy countenance will have a smile! Don’t let your problems ruin your joy! Smile! Be a happy Christian!