Emily Edwards

So, Christmas morning is here. You have opened all the gifts. The kids (or the pets) are playing with the boxes… It is so easy to get caught up in Christmas as a gift-giving event. There are presents to buy and wrap, decorations to hang, parties to attend, church functions and so much more. 

Christmas isn’t about wants and stuff and parties and decorating. 

Christmas is the time of year when we reflect on the moment in history when God came to earth in the person of Jesus, was born in a barn with only his parents and the barn animals. 

There were no ceremonies, parties or celebrations that would normally mark the birth of a king. The night was calm, quiet and peaceful. Besides the star in the sky that only a few people recognized, no one noticed.

Jesus’ birth story is so beautiful. A humble beginning that captures our heart and imagination. His story is one of a loving King who chose humility, weakness, love and peace as His weapons instead of power and domination. 

The birth of our Savior needs to be the message my children hear this holiday season.  

When you have accepted Jesus as your Savior and made Him the center of your life, keeping Christ in Christmas is more about the way you live your life than the things you say – such as “Merry Christmas” versus “Happy Holidays.” 

Keeping Christ in Christmas means daily revealing the character, love and spirit of Christ that lives in you, by allowing these traits to shine through your actions. 

There are so many ways to keep your family Christ-focused during the holidays and throughout the entire year.

 As a family you can read Scriptures such as Luke 1:5-56 through Luke 2:1-20, the story of Christ’s birth.  You can go and visit a church’s live nativity and hear the Christmas story while seeing a representation of what Christ’s birthplace looked like. You can collect items for the local children’s home and go as a family to deliver those items.  

My children love the line in How The Grinch Stole Christmas that says, “What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more!” 

Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Christmas is in your heart.  It doesn’t have to be about spending money. Many times what makes the most impact on a person is giving of your time. Take the time to share the Christmas story with someone and tell them about the tiny baby that grew up to save us all. It is an ordinary story that showcases an extraordinary gift. 

I don’t want to be so concerned with gifts and plans and parties that I miss the adoration. I don’t want to be so annoyed by the word “Xmas” that I miss the hurting person speaking it. I don’t want to be so consumed with others that I miss the one who stands above all others. 

Truly keeping Christ in Christmas goes beyond formalities and traditions. 

We have to follow what God wants us to do. The more concerned we are with following God the more like Him we become. Then we become living testimonies who project the image of God. We can become ones who will give it all to love another. Then we become the greatest gift to people in need. 

We become the shining lights. We become so much more than decorations and tinsel can ever be. When Christ is in us- and we are in Him- we portray Christ through Christmas. It’s not about “keeping Christ in Christmas” it’s about “keeping Christ in us this Christmas.” Merry Christmas and may God bless you all. 

Emily Edwards is a staff writer for The Southeast Sun and Daleville Sun-Courier. The opinions of this writer are her own and not the opinion of the paper. She can be reached at (334) 393-2969 or by email at eedwards@southeastsun.com.

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