Make Christmas This Year A Season To Remember

Pastor Paul Witkop

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By Paul Witkop –

I saw a jewelry store advertise that the way to make Christmas memorable was to give or receive a piece of jewelry purchased from their store and give it to someone special. Just think about it. What are your best memories at Christmas? Was it something under the tree that made it memorable? What would make this Christmas a season to remember?

Last year, after all the Christmas and New Year celebrating was over, I spoke with someone who sadly reflected, “My Christmas celebration was very shallow. Next year, I want it to be different.”

We often feel like we are just swept along by the busyness of the season. We have gifts to buy, parties to plan, performances to attend, meals to prepare, homes to decorate and to-do lists that never stop.

We can do Christmas well this year. I will venture a guess that your best memories at Christmas have more to do with people than things and with giving more than receiving. The spirit of Christmas is giving. Gift exchanges are wonderful traditions. The giving I am talking about makes the greatest long-term impact, giving yourself. Here are some ideas:

  • Instead of writing a letter, be a living Christmas letter. Choose a family or two who you know need encouragement and make a visit…bring a Christmas treat.
  • Are there elderly people in your life? Make some time to visit them. The greatest gift is the investment of your love and time.
  • Are there people who have recently moved into your neighborhood? Make a visit to get to know them. Invite them over for dinner. If they are new, this could be a very lonely time.
  • Does your school or church connect with a homeless shelter or even a prison? Sign up to serve a meal one night and make sure you sit down and actually talk with some of the people who are eating. Let them know you care.
  • Do you think about children who may not receive a gift this year or who may not even have food on their tables? Find a Christmas Angel Tree project. You might find one at your church, the Salvation Army, even your local mall.

The advertisements will try to convince us that the most memorable Christmas is the most costly in dollars. Don’t let them fool you! You will find yourself at the end of the season like my friend realizing, “My Christmas celebration was shallow” and your debts will be deep.

The author of the season is God who gave the greatest gift of all. God came to earth to tell us and to show us how much love God has for us. Jesus is the greatest gift ever. God also knew that the greatest gifts are in person. Let’s do the same and make this Christmas a season to remember, forever. May you place your trust this season in the greatest Christmas gift ever, Jesus.

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