Make Good Your Christmas

“Christ was born a martyr. He found a Golgotha, where he was crucified, even in Bethlehem, where he was born; for to his tenderness then the straws were almost as sharp as the thorns after, and the manger as uneasy at first as the cross at last. His birth and his death were but one continual act, and his Christmas day and his Good Friday are but the evening and morning of the same day. And as even his birth is his death, so every action and passage that manifests Christ to us is his birth, for Epiphany is manifestation. Every manifestation of Christ to the world, to the Church, to a particular soul is an Epiphany, a Christmas day” (John Donne).

I guess I don’t get as hung up on “Merry Christmas” versus “Happy Holidays” as I used to. I don’t get offended when store employees don’t say Christmas. I get that not everyone is a believer and that the day of Christmas may not mean as much to them as to me. Also, there are better ways to honor the spirit of Christmas,

I love the idea that me manifesting Jesus to the world can make any day into a Christmas day. Any time I can somehow reflect Jesus so that people can see Him in me and are drawn to Him, then that moment is a kind of Epiphany.

You truly put the Christ in Christmas not by being obnoxious about making other people say “Merry Christmas” or spelling it out with all caps but by living it out. You honor the spirit of Christmas when you honor Jesus words that whatever you have done for the least of these you have done for Jesus. You honor Christmas when you look and act and speak like Jesus. You honor Christmas when you’re always ready to give a reason for the hope that Jesus has brought you.

When Christmas becomes less about presents and more about presence, then you honor the season. When Christmas is less about shopping and consuming and more about worshipping and adoring, then you honor the season. When you seek to serve rather than to indulge, then you capture the essence of the Christ child who came to give His life as a ransom for many. Then you make good your Christmas.

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