Finding the Christ in Christmas

Early in our marriage Ed navigated job transfers and down-sizing—both of the company and salary. We developed the habit of purchasing our Christmas gifts throughout the year, and when December rolled around we had no need to shop. But we’d spend a date night sipping hot chocolate and strolling through shopping areas enjoying the decorations. Years later we shifted to a big shopping mall. But nowadays, it seems walking the aisles of stores at Christmas is more endurance test than enjoyment. Do you find it that way too? 

Well, the next time you’re out and about during the Christmas season, or watching television and get bombarded with commercials, try this. Look at individual decorations and try to see the spiritual connections they might make. A few examples–

Stars

Easy. “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea … there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.’”  Matthew 2:1-2

“I Jesus … am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.” Revelation 22:16

Candles, Lights

“Then spake Jesus … ‘I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.’”  John 8:12

“…the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God …”  2 Cor. 4:4

Christmas Tree:

Christmas trees are typically evergreens. And while their use for celebrating this holiday may not have started as a spiritual display, the ever-green characteristic reminds me of everlasting life in Christ.

 

Candy Canes

This candy, of course, resembles the crook shepherds carry, and shepherds play a well known part in the Christmas story, being the first to hear the news heralded by the angels in Luke 2:11: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” Turned upside-down Also a story wends its way around this season, that a candy maker of old made the crook-shaped candy with colors—white representing Jesus Christ’s purity and red, His blood shed for our salvation.

In the spirit of giving at Christmas, please share what other decorations come to your mind. And how might they redirect thoughts back to the real meaning of Christmas?

 

2 thoughts on “Finding the Christ in Christmas

  1. Just finished reading all your Christmas posts starting with Advent. All are a wonderful reminder of the true meaning of this season. I discovered your blog after reading your lovely short story Morning Mail in Refreshed magazine published in St Paul. Will return here often.

    • Marsha,
      So nice to meet you here! I’m thrilled you enjoyed the story and the posts and ’tis very kind of you to take the time to stop by. I shall look for you again. And I hope I won’t be long. My computer seems to be dying and a tech fellow will be here in the morning to let me know how to fix it. Hopefully repair or replace won’t knock me out for too long. :-)

      Wishing you a blessed Christmas.
      Mary Kay

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