We hear about it every year, the supposed cultural war between saying “Happy Holidays” vs. “Merry Christmas!” While saying “Happy Holidays” might include holidays like Thanksgiving, the New Year, and holidays practiced by other faiths such as Chanukah or Kwanza. On the one hand, while we celebrate this season to honor the birth of Jesus in this world, it’s important to not completely disregard others. However, on the other hand, it’s equally important to remember in our thoughts and actions that Jesus is the true reason for the season.
So what if instead of just getting caught up in “Happy Holidays” vs. “Merry Christmas,” we focused on ways other ways to keep Christ in Christmas in our own hearts and homes?
Take the Focus Off of Gifts
Consumerism plagues the Christmas holiday season. While it’s great to give gifts, talk with your family about intentionally focusing on Jesus this season and what he’d actually like for you to spend your money on instead of an Xbox or more new clothing.
Take a Personal Inventory
Take some time, maybe 20 minutes, maybe a few hours, to pray and sit in silence while you assess your heart and where you’re coming from during the holiday season. You may love Jesus, but it’s very easy to get side tracked. You don’t have to hate all things Christmas, but Jesus needs to be first in your heart. Pray that God would help you remember that.
Volunteer Your Time and Money
We know that the Bible tells us that faith without works is dead. Take time this holiday season to physically be around those who need Jesus’ love most. Donate time and money in lieu of gifts. Be Jesus to people who may not otherwise see him this season. Reach out to people of other faiths and love them by meeting them where they are and meeting their needs. They will see your actions and wonder why you’re doing them. Let Jesus speak through your actions.