Tomorrow we'll climb into the attic to retrieve the Christmas decorations and begin "decking our halls." Or should I be addressing the cards or wrapping gifts or making the menus? Oh...there is so much to do, and it is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations that we forget the real importance of this season.
A while ago, I came across the "Ten Commandments for Christmas." Simple ideas that help me keep the spirit of Christmas central to our family celebrations. I hope they help you make the most of this glorious season.
Ten Commandments for Christmas1. Thou shalt prepare early: Don’t wait until the last minute to get into the Christmas spirit.
2. Thou shalt keep Christ at the center of Christmas: Don’t allow yourself to be overwhelmed by the commercialism of the season. Resolve to read one of the gospels during December, and meditate upon what it means that Christ came into the world.
3. Thou shalt make Christmas a family time: Do things together. Decorate the tree, play games, bake cookies, shop, write cards, have devotionals, go caroling, attend church together.
4. Thou shalt remember those who are less fortunate: Contribute significantly to an organization serving the needs of others throughout the year. Give a Christmas gift to your church.
5. Thou shalt give thyself with every gift: Put some thought into the gifts you purchase. Give a gift that represents you. If possible, make something instead of buying something.
6. Thou shalt learn to be a good receiver: Many of us have trouble receiving graciously and gracefully.
7. Thou shalt put music into Christmas : Buy several Christmas CD’s and play them again and again. Attend church choir cantatas and special Christmas programs. Sing carols with loved ones.
8. Thou shalt slow down: Remember Christmas is supposed to be a season of peace, not hypertension.
9. Thou shalt remember to worship. The church is the place you are most likely to be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas.
10. Thou shalt receive Christ into thy life: Don’t just talk about the Christ of Christmas; receive Him into your life as Lord and Savior.