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We’ve been talking about ways you can Create a Christ-Centered Christmas in your home. In some little and easy ways, you can promote the real reason for the season. One of these ways is through your Christmas decorations that clearly talk about Jesus Christ’s birth. There’s a picture on the wall behind me that says to “remember the reason for Christmas” and the word “Christ” is behind it. This is just one example of a Christmas decoration that proclaims truth.
Christmas Decorations Do Not Have To Cost A Fortune And You Will Use Them For Years to Come
I have a lot of fun decorating for Christmas and holidays and I have a lot of decorations. But, I did not spend a fortune to get them. About a third of them I made by hand, and a third of them were gifts (my family exchanges wishlists each year–maybe yours does, too? And I ask for specific decorations or Gift Cards to stores I know will have Christian decorations:) and another third of them were Christmas decorations that I bought. Most of those I bought on sale, sometimes at after-Christmas sales, and almost all of them I’ve had for years.
So when you go to buy a new Christmas decoration, don’t just pick it because it’s pretty or cute or you like the color. Pick something that’s going to really focus your family’s and guests’ hearts and minds on Christ and on the reason for this season, Jesus’ birth.
You can get three sets of Scripture cards, including the Christmas Luke 2 set of Printable Scripture cards here! I made the Christmas set for you to make it super easy and Christmassy to use the story of Jesus’ birth as written in the Bible to have a more Christ-centered Christmas this year. Print them out, and read a verse or two a day, or all of Luke 2 to your kids. Your children will have Luke 2 memorized by Christmas. (Maybe they can even recite it for their grandparents:)
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Christmas Decorations and Audio Reminders Of Jesus’ Birth Will Create A Christ-centered Christmas
I just encourage you, I really encourage you, to spend time talking about what Christmas is truly about, listening to things that remind you of the real meaning of Christmas, and decorating with Christmas decorations that visually remind you of Christ. It may be fun to celebrate in other ways, but it will detract and distract and send a mixed message to your children and everyone you influence.
I want to share with you kind of a lighthearted thing, but with very deep meaning. I got this from a dear former school teacher of mine who is a godly woman. I kept it because I thought it was really cute, but also very true. And this is why I do not celebrate Santa Claus. I believe he tries to be an imitation and replacement for Jesus Christ. Read to the end if you think I’m being too serious about this.
Why I Do Not Have Santa Claus Decorations In My Home
Why Jesus Is Better Than Santa Claus
“Santa lives at the North Pole.
JESUS is everywhere.
Santa rides in a sleigh…
JESUS rides on the wind and walks on the water.
Santa comes but once a year…
JESUS is an ever-present help.
Santa fills your stockings with goodies…
JESUS supplies all your needs.
Santa comes down your chimney uninvited…
JESUS stands at your door and knocks and then enters your heart when invited.
You have to wait in line to see Santa…
JESUS is as close as the mention of His name.
Santa lets you sit on his lap…
JESUS lets you rest in His arms.
Santa doesn’t know your name. All he can say is, ‘Hi, little boy or girl; what’s your name?’
JESUS knew our name before we did. Not only does He know our name, He knows our address, too. He knows our history and future and He even knows how many hairs are on our heads.
Santa has a belly like a bowl full of jelly…
JESUS has a heart full of love.
All Santa can offer is, ‘Ho, Ho, Ho.’
JESUS offers health, help, and hope.
Santa says, ‘You’d better not cry’…
JESUS says, ‘Cast all your cares on Me for I care for you.’
Santa’s little helpers make toys…
JESUS makes new life, mends wounded hearts, repairs broken homes, and builds mansions.
Santa may make you chuckle, but…
JESUS gives you joy that is your strength.
While Santa puts gifts under your tree…
JESUS became our Gift and died on a tree.”
“I ask whether you pray, because diligence in prayer is the secret of eminent holiness.”Wendy Gunn
Believers Must Intentionally Be Christ-centered In Our Celebration
“It’s obvious there is really no comparison. We need to remember WHO Christmas is all about. We need to put Christ back in CHRISTmas. Jesus is still the reason for the season. Yes, JESUS is better; He is even better than Santa Claus.”
There is a concerted effort on the Enemy’s part to take Christ out of Christmas, to deny that He came in the flesh, because the Scriptures say in 1 John 4:3:
“And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.”
Christmas Decorations Can Be One Way We Stand Strong Against The Enemy
If believers in Jesus Christ don’t stand firm on Who we celebrate, and that Jesus was born as a baby–to a virgin, a normal woman, who went on to give birth to a large family, and lived her life in worship of her son, Jesus, because she knew He was Christ, and that He came to die on a cross in payment for our sins, and rise again to save all those who will believe and put their trust in Him–if we don’t stand firm on these truths, no one will. We can do it lovingly, and not in a hate-filled way. We can just do it very intentionally and have a Christ-centered Christmas, and one simple way we can do that is through a very innocuous way–our Christmas decorations!
Click on These Links to Read More On How to Create A Christ-centered Christmas
Read Part 1 – How to Create a Christ-centered Christmas and
Click on the links below to Read all the Posts in “How to Schedule for a Calm, Christ-centered Christmas” (8-Weeks’ Schedule):
- Week 1: How to Schedule an Amazingly Calm, Christ-Centered Christmas
- Week 2: 12 Steps for a Calm, Christ-centered Christmas, Week 2
- Week 3: How to Get Organized for the Holidays
- Week 4: How to Actually Have a Wonderful Christ-Centered Christmas
- Week 5: How to Keep Christmas the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
- Week 6: How to Be an At-Home Missionary this Christmas
- Week 7: How to Get Organized for a More Meaningful Christmas
- Week 8: How to Celebrate Christmas and Stay Calm
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