Welcome to our special series, “Keeping Christ at the Center of Your Holidays.”
Over the next few weeks, you get to enjoy the wonderful words of my amazing friends as they share with you creative and practical ways you can keep Christ in the middle of all of your celebrations.
Our prayer is that you will come to know Him, worship Him, enjoy Him, celebrate Him, and share Him with family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors. People all around us need to know the love of Jesus.
May we all be bright “lights” this year – sharing hope to those who need it most!
How exactly does decorating for Christmas bring glory to God?
How does it make much of who Jesus is?
When asked to write this post, I had to do a little soul searching to find the answer. I hope you will join me as we make much of Jesus in our Christmas Decorating.
Have you ever heard of the Kranks and their crazy Christmas mistake?
If compared, I’m not like the Kranks’ neighbors who fought so hard to get the Kranks to decorate. I’m not so into Christmas that I would point out the least likely to put up a Christmas tree and send the big group of carolers over. I’m also not going to harass my neighbors because they don’t have their lights up yet.
If I don’t fit in with the neighbors, what about the Kranks? They just left their daughter at the airport and she isn’t coming back for Christmas. They decided to toss out their normal Christmas routine for a cruise. I may be crunching the numbers but not enough to decide to throw Christmas out the window.
Where do I fit in? A few years ago my sister and I moved into our first apartment. The first year Christmas decorating was more of cheap DIY crafts. The following year someone gave us a tree. It wasn’t tall, but it was the best tree ever. It takes 5 maybe 10 minutes to put together. Then we decided to make much of Jesus’ entrance into this world. He came humbly, not with a grand entrance, other than the star and angels that appeared.
We could have fancy decorations, but we chose some simple brown burlap and lights. This reminded us that Jesus, the Son of God, gave up the grandest life, to come here. Being born and laid with farm animals.
Making much of Jesus isn’t about the hoopla, but the Humble.
Jesus gave up the grand for the humble. Why, because you are worth it.
First, we can be humble in our decorating.
We don’t have to fight to have the biggest or best display. We should strive to have a display that brings glory to God who won us back with humble beginnings.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger because there was no guest room available for them. – Luke 2:4-7
We can make much of Jesus by remembering that Jesus didn’t enter this earth to bring glory to himself. At the end of the movie Christmas with the Kranks, they find out their daughter is coming home for Christmas. In their pride, they promise a party they haven’t planned. They promise friends they have forgotten.
We can appreciate those around us as gifts and offer them our time and resources. We see this in the story of Jesus’ birth.
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. – Luke 2:13-20
There is no Me in Christmas, but plenty of Christ.
The shepherds trusted in what they heard. They believed that Jesus had been born and told their neighbors so they could celebrate with them. In the movie Christmas with the Kranks. Once the town finds out that Blair is coming back, they jump into action. They start helping put together a party, and decorations.
This gives me a few more ideas for how we can be like the shepherds and make much of Jesus.
Second, we can help the widow who is trying to decorate her porch by hanging lights and wreaths for her.
Third, we can help the single mom set up her Christmas tree.
Fourth, the shepherds went and told others about Jesus’ birth. We can do this as well by buying or making a few nativity scenes. We can then give them away to our neighbors.
Fifth, we can make photos that help to tell the Christmas story and give to others as well.
I hope that this Christmas season you will join me in making much of Jesus. Join me by being humble and using your decorations to bring glory to Jesus. You can also help make much of Jesus’s birth by telling others about it.
How will you use decorating to make much of Jesus?
Thank you, Ona, for reminding us about the simplicity of the Christmas season! What a thoughtful post. We really appreciate you taking the time to share your heart with us today! We are blessed by you.
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