“ONLY _____ DAYS ‘TIL CHRISTMAS!”

IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN OR GRANDCHILDREN, YOU ARE HEARING; “ONLY ___ DAYS ‘TIL CHRISTMAS!” THE COUNTDOWN IS REAL: 15, 14, 13… THEIR ANTICIPATION IS EVER PRESENT. THEY ARE MORE THAN ANXIOUS FOR THE MAGICAL DAY WHEN PRESENTS WILL BE FOUND UNDER THE TREE. AT THEIR YOUNG AGES, IT MAY BE DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO UNDERSTAND THE REAL MEANING OF CHRISTMAS.

A LOT OF ADULTS ARE THE SAME WAY. TOO MANY ARE CAUGHT UP IN THE BUYING AND GIVING OF A HOLIDAY PRESENTS RATHER THAN ‘THE REASON FOR THE SEASON’. STORE CLERKS ARE ENCOURAGED TO SAY “HAPPY HOLIDAYS” RATHER THAN “MERRY CHRISTMAS”. STORES PROMOTE SALES AND THE SHOPPERS RESPOND IN UNYIELDING CROWDS. PUSHING, SHOVING, ARGUING, EVEN PHYSICAL ALTERCATIONS ARE COMMON PLACE. IT DOESN’T SOUND MUCH LIKE CELEBRATING THE BIRTH OF CHRIST. ARE YOU INTO THE COMMERCIAL CHRISTMAS PROMOTIONS OR CHRIST?

YOU CAN CHANGE ALL THAT. IT STARTS WITH ONE PERSON…YOU. SHOW OTHERS THE JOY OF CELEBRATING JESUS’ BIRTH. YOU CAN PUT ‘CHRIST’ BACK INTO CHRISTMAS. TELL EVERYONE “MERRY CHRISTMAS” WITH A GREAT SMILE. ALLOW SOMEONE TO TAKE THAT PRIZED PARKING SPACE YOU REALLY HAD WAITED FOR THE LONGEST. ALLOW THAT WEARY MOM, STRUGGLING WITH LITTLE ONES, TO GO AHEAD OF YOU IN LINE. ALLOW THAT GRUMPY MAN TO GO AHEAD OF YOU IN LINE AS YOU TELL HIM WHY YOU ARE HAPPY TO LET HIM AHEAD OF YOU. TELL HIM OF THE ‘REASON FOR THE SEASON’… JESUS’ BIRTH.

CONCENTRATE ON GIVING OF YOURSELF INSTEAD OF EXPENSIVE GIFTS THAT WILL BE MARKED 1/2 PRICE IN A FEW WEEKS AND BROKEN OR DISCARDED IN MONTHS TO COME. GIVE YOUR WAITER ENOUGH TO COVER THAT FAMILY’S DINNER AT THE NEXT TABLE…HAVE THE WAITER TAKE YOUR ANONYMOUS NOTE TELLING THEM …”MERRY CHRISTMAS, JESUS LOVES YOU…PASS IT ON!” IF YOU CAN’T AFFORD THE PRICE OF DINNER FOR THE FAMILY…SEND THE NOTE WITH DESSERT FOR THE FAMILY. THE BEST PRESENT YOU WILL GET THIS CHRISTMAS IS THE ONE YOU GIVE AWAY!

THIS CHRISTMAS, COUNTDOWN “IT IS ONLY ___ DAYS ‘TIL CHRISTMAS!” BY DOING SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR SOMEONE WITHOUT EXPECTING ANYTHING IN RETURN EACH AND EVERY DAY FROM NOW UNTIL CHRISTMAS. IT YOU WILL DO ONE THING EVERY DAY, YOU WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND OTHERS WILL JOIN IN AND WE WILL ALL BE BLESSED WITH A VERY “MERRY CHRISTMAS”.

WHAT IS THE GREATEST GIFT YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?…

…”FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONE AND ONLY SON, THAT WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM SHALL NOT PERISH BUT HAVE ETERNAL LIFE.” JOHN 3:16 NIV