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7 More Ways to Decommercialize Christmas

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Do you feel that the true meaning of Christmas has become lost in the wrappings, trappings and political fights? Read on for 7 more ways to put Christ back into Christmas.

1. Memorize the Christmas Story from Luke 2: 1-20 and/or prophecy from Isaiah 9:6.

Meditating upon and memorizing these words will strengthen your resolve to have a meaningful Christmas.

2. Watch Christmas movies and read Christmas books that reinforce the vision you have for the Christmas season.

Talk about the themes and how and why certain characters act as they do. Movies like It’s a Wonderful Life and A Charlie Brown Christmas, and books like The Legend of the Poinsettia or Christmas in the Big Woods with the Ingalls family might be ones you’d enjoy. What would you add to this list?

3. Learn some of the old Christmas songs and the back story as to why they were written.

Or learn more modern Christmas songs like Mary Did You Know? Listen to Precious Jesus. While not a Christmas song, it definitely uplifts. Filling your mind, mouth and home with such melodies will bring you truth and encouragement. Learning these songs and back stories will let you know again how intimately involved God is with mankind. They will show you how blessed we are to have a Saviour like Jesus. Have any other song suggestions?

4. Make this Christmas about worshipping God.

How can you do that? Brainstorm some ideas. Maybe you could …

  • Attend church more often …
  • Tithe – maybe for the first time in a long time or give to the benevolent fund at your church …
  • Sing worship songs to the Lord. Here is a sampling of songs
  • Thank God every day for your blessings …
  • Participate in a Christmas program or live nativity at church, in the community, or at home …
  • Ask God what you can do to worship Him more fully …

What are some ideas you came up with?

5. Make this Christmas about helping the less fortunate.

There are many ways to do this.

  • Give to a Salvation Army bell ringer …
  • Give a meal or practical present to a neighbour in need …
  • Give to your church …
  • Samaritan’s Purse, World Vision and CAMA Services all provide worthwhile help to the underserved …

You probably won’t have to look far to find a need. So what did you decide to do?

6. Practice gratitude.

Christ probably wasn’t born on December 25th, but that doesn’t take away from the intent of Advent or the meaning of December 25th. The world may view Christmas through the haze of advertisements and an adherence to external delights, “but, for the church, Christmas is an excuse for us to exalt Jesus Christ in the face of a world that is at least tuned in to his name” (M.P. Green). Let us thank God and Jesus Christ for the many gifts we have because of Christ’s birth, death and resurrection. We can do this through daily prayers, writing on our blogs, and by living in such a way that men will praise God because of our lives.

7. Celebrate Jesus’ Birth.

Whenever one of my kiddos had a birthday, we celebrated. Ok – we celebrated the adult birthday’s too!! So why do less for Jesus? Have a cake, decorations, and presents. Get creative with the presents you give to Jesus. Will it be something you’ll give up like a bad habit or something you’ll do more of like pray 10 minutes a day. Or will you give presents to others in Jesus’ name like give money to the local crisis pregnancy center. See #5 for more ideas.

Charlie Brown in A Charlie Brown Christmas became fed up with the folks he was surrounded by. Sally wanted “her fair share” from Santa, Lucy was ungrateful to the point of depression, and Snoopy decorated his home to win the prize not to share the magic with others.

At first, Charlie Brown was also depressed. Then he threw off that depression and started celebrating on his own terms. He bought a tree that needed a home. He listened to The Christmas Story. He let it impact his heart. He extended forgiveness to the “blockheads” around him. Finally he joined with the others in singing and worshipping God through the song, Hark! the Herald Angels Sing.

Friends, refuse to follow the expectations and actions of others, the advertising aims of multi-national corporations, the agenda set by our polytheist culture, or even the claims that familial tradition has upon us. It’s not too late to make this a commercial-free Christmas.

Your Part . . .
• Do you think commercialism in Christmas is a problem today?
• What would you add to this list? Detract from the list?
• Is there something that you are going to do or are already doing differently to make it a commercial-free Christmas Season?

• Or are you satisfied with your traditions and balance for this holiday season?

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6 Ways to Decommercialize Christmas

Does it bother you that stores start selling Christmas decorations and Christmas themed gifts as soon as Halloween is over? Are you offended that many stores are bowing to politically correct pressure and requiring their clerks and cashiers to say “Happy Holidays” instead of Merry Christmas? Do you feel that the true meaning of Christmas has become lost in the wrappings, trappings and political fights? Read on for 6 ways to put Christ back into Christmas.

1. Ignore the advertisers and set the environment for your own home and mind.

Do you remember your mom telling you to ignore the taunts of others? Have you heard the saying that “No one can make you feel bad without your permission?” Same principles apply here. You set the environment for your home and mind. You choose what to listen to and you choose how you feel about it. I’m not saying it’s an easy task, but it is one within your control.

2. What do you envision as a decommercialed Christmas?

Get pad and pen and put down ideas – all of them – good, bad and indifferent. Decide how you will handle common categories such as …

  • Christmas cards …
  • holiday food …
  • seeing family and friends …
  • decorating …
  • gifts …
  • music …
  • church attendance …
  • acts of service.

Be sure to talk this over with those you’ll be celebrating with. Pick the ideas that are doable and embraced by all.

3. Discuss a sane gift-giving strategy with your family, friends and co-workers.

Here are some ideas.

  • Maybe you will only give to the children under a certain age …
  • Pick a name out of a hat and give to one person instead of everyone …
  • Determine a limit on how much can be spent …
  • Say that all the gifts have to be handmade with common supplies found in the home or bought from the Dollar Store …
  • Decide to not give anyone a gift but make a donation to a charitable organization instead …
  • Give each person the gift of a letter detailing why that person is special to you, highlighting a memorable experience or two from the last year and end it with a blessing and gratitude for their friendship and presence in your life.

4. Celebrate the four Sundays of Advent.

“The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent. Thus, Advent is far more than simply marking a 2,000 year old event in history. It is celebrating a truth about God, the revelation of God in Christ whereby all of creation might be reconciled to God. That is a process in which we now participate, and the consummation of which we anticipate. Scripture reading for Advent will reflect this emphasis on the Second Advent, including themes of accountability for faithfulness at His coming, judgment on sin, and the hope of eternal life.” Robert Longman Jr.

5. Use a Jesse Tree or something similar to remind you and your family of the values you treasure.

This link and this link explain this concept of Jesus’ family tree or Jesse Tree. The authors pair specific ornaments with specific Scripture to show that it was always God’s plan to have Jesus explode into real time to take on earthly flesh and then our sins to die and rise again in triumph.

6. Do what you can to simplify the holiday calendar.

Nothing takes away our patience and commitment to all that’s good for us faster than a calendar that is overwhelmed with too much to do, to see, to be, and to buy. Pick wisely what you will be involved in. Pick things that support your dedication to a commercial-free holiday. Pick the activities that highlight Jesus.

See any ideas that are helpful? That you’ll be trying this year? Come back Monday for  6 more ways you can decommercialze Christmas.

Your Turn . . .

  • What is your relationship to Christmas?
  • What would you add to this list?

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