Keeping Christ in Christmas

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Here in the Philippines, Christmas is one big festivity. Starting September, stores and households will start to display their Christmas ornaments and Christmas songs will soon be played everywhere. Christmas is a beautiful event for us here as it brings together families and friends from all over. Work literally slows down for most companies here as the December calendar will be filled with get-togethers and Christmas parties.

Amidst all the flurry of Christmas activities, however, it is important to remember the reason why we celebrate Christmas in the first place and that is the birth of Jesus Christ. Without Jesus, we may not be who we are today. Jesus saved us ALL from sin without asking for anything. His birth is one thing that each of us should always be thankful for, not just during Christmas.

How do we keep Christ in Christmas? Here are some ways to do this for the family:

1. Recall the story of Jesus Christ's birth. 

As Christians, we all know the story of Christ's birth yet it would be good to share this over and over again especially if we have young kids in the house. Read Luke 2:2-21 which narrates the story of how Jesus was born. In this story, we share to the kids how Jesus was born into a simple manger. We remind the kids that Christmas is not about fancy gifts nor fancy decors. It is about who Jesus is to us. 

2. Pray together as a family.

Whenever we can, we pray together as a family. We pray early in the morning as soon as we get up, or during meal times. Each time, we always celebrate Jesus as our Savior and we honor Him by keeping Him alive in our conversations as a family. Prayer is something that we can always do more with. Pray and pray without ceasing. Over time, you will feel your day is empty if you don't start it with a prayer.

3. Imagine Jesus' birthday in Heaven.

Ever since we lost our precious baby Elyssa last year, we would imagine where she is at the moment when we are together as a family. At Christmas, we would imagine how Heaven is celebrating Jesus' birthday. We would imagine Elyssa telling us a story about how everyone is preparing for the big and grand celebration of Jesus' birth. She would tell us that they have huge Christmas trees decorated with gold, how everyone is gathering together to greet Jesus a happy birthday, and how everyone in Heaven is extra happy and jubilant during this time. It is, after all, the birthday of Jesus.

4. Remember that Christmas is a season of giving and sharing.

We always remind the kids to not keep the focus on themselves. Instead, they should look at what they can give and share to others. In the light of the calamities and tragedies that have fallen on our country, we have encouraged the kids to share what they can to help those in need. A simple question that guides us easily is "What would Jesus do?". Jesus would definitely be on the front line to help all those who have been greatly affected by the tragedies like Yolanda.

There are many more ways to keep Christ in Christmas other than what I've shared here. Visit these blogs to learn more about them:

Equipping Catholic Families: Keep Christ in Christmas
Simply Homeschool  Living Advent Series 12/1 - 12/25
Coffee Moments with Sam     The Light of Hope
Faith Filled Freebies: Keep Christ in Christmas
Written by the Finger of God: Not Christmas as Usual
On the Way Home:  Keep Christ in Christmas
Sue Elvis Writes: Bring Christ to Others
Mommy Bares All       Why Celebrate Christmas Even After #YolandaPH

Canadian Catholic Mom         Keeping The Little Ones Focused: An Advent Link-Up
Mountain of Grace Homeschooling   Keep Christ in Christmas
Em’s Estuary: Keeping Christ in Christmas
JoyAlive.net: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Home to 4 Kiddos        Keep Christ in Christmas
Embedded Faith          Boldly Be the Christ in Christmas
City Girl, Country Home         Emmanuel Is With Us. Are we WITH HIM?
Journey to Wisdom: Trusting in your Awkward Fiats

Training Happy Hearts            10 Ways to Celebrate the New Liturgical Year
Designs by Birgit: Elf on a Shelf and Santa Claus
Catholic Inspired: Faith-Centered Family Christmas
A Slice of Smith Life: How we keep Christ in Christmas
Catholic All Year: Three Reasons I love Advent
Mary the Defender: Christmas The Battle Begins
Truly Rich Mom: Keep Christ in Christmas
Diapers and Drivel: Keeping Christ in Christmas

Raising Soldiers 4 Christ: Keeping Christ in Christmas
Campfires and Cleats How We Keep Christ in Christmas
Homeschooling With Joy        Keeping Christ in Christmas
Mrs Domestic Bliss     Gingerbread Nativity
The Chic Traveller      Keeping Christ in Christmas
California to Korea     Keeping Christ in Christmas
Dominique's Desk       Keeping Christ in Christmas

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Birgit J said...

What a sweet post! I was touched by your image of the heavenly celebration of Jesus' birthday - including your very own little saint! God bless!

Matthew B. Rose said...

Great ideas! I've never thought of imagining the rejoicing in Heaven with Jesus' birth. I wonder if anyone's written a reflection on that. I mean, you see a taste of it in the Angels' singing, but that is only a taste of the eternal joy that would sing out in Heaven.

Unknown said...

Thanks for dropping by Birgit and Matthew!

Our image of the heavenly celebration is just our way of keeping our dear Elyssa's memory with us during the season.

God bless you!

Chelsey said...

I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your daughter. We have a sweet girl, Izabella, who has gone before us as well. I love all of your ideas for celebrating! :)

Unknown said...

Hi Chelsey. Our loss was painful to us, yet we find peace knowing that she is with Jesus now :)

Nathan Barontini said...

Nice blog. Thanks for the reminder about prayer. The best way to keep Christ in Christmas is to talk to Him! God bless.

asliceofsmithlife said...

What a beautiful post and I was so touched by your sweet Elyssa's life and reading your link about her short life and passing brought me to tears. I think that is a wonderful way to keep her spirit alive as you talk about how your own little saint gets to celebrate the best birthday party with Jesus in Heaven! May God bless you this Advent season and always!

Matthew said...

Thank you for your beautiful post and your faith. May God bless you and your family.

Laura O in AK said...

What a wonderful way to remember your child by thinking of what Christmas is like in heaven! I'll definitely be sharing that and possibly doing the same as we just have another little saint through miscarriage this November.

Jen-Marie @ Catholic Inspired said...

I'm so sorry for your loss and I imagine Heaven's celebrations are truly amazing! What a wonderful thought! May you have a blessed Advent and peace-filled Christmas Season!

Jen @ Happy Little Homemaker said...

I'm sorry for your loss. It's comforting to think of our littles celebrating Jesus's birthday in heaven. Thanks for sharing!


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