Christmas Advice

Nathan Ros

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

I love this time of the year! Christmas is no doubt the best season of the year for my family and I love everything about Christmas! I love listening to Christmas music. I love it when my wife and girls decorate our home with lights, wreaths, pine trees, and all the various Christmas trimmings. I love, as a family, putting up our Christmas tree and all the children helping with the festive ornaments. I love our yearly snow trip, taking family pictures, sledding, playing in the snow, and sometimes even making a snowman.

Truly it is the “Best time of the year.” Christmas is awesome, but if we are not careful, we will lose the spirit of what Christmas is all about. Listed is some Christmas advice that we can all heed.

1. Don’t over spend.

Make a list of people who you want to give gifts to and determine how much you will spend on each. Do not spend what you do not have!

2. Be faithful to church during the Christmas season.

If you are going out of town, find a church in the town and attend.

3. Promote Jesus during Christmas.

Don’t over promote Santa. We make Santa out to be God. Look at Santa’s characteristics:

• Omnipresent – Everywhere at every time

• Omniscient – Knows when we are good or bad

• Omnipotent – All  powerful

Santa has 31 hours of Christmas to work with, thanks to the different time zones and the rotation of the earth, assuming he travels east to west (which seems logical).                                                                                                                

This works out to 822.6 visits per second. This is to say that for each Christian household with good children, Santa has 1/1000th of a second to park, hop out of the sleigh, jump down the chimney, fill the stockings, distribute the remaining presents under the tree, eat whatever snacks have been left, get back up the chimney, into the sleigh, and move on to the next house.  

Don’t be mad at me yet!! I am not saying Santa is wicked or if you have Santa decorations you are not right with the Lord, nothing is wrong with Santa. What I am saying is, Santa shouldn’t be the main “Christmas attraction.”  It should be the Lord Jesus Christ!

4. Attend all the church activities during the holidays.

5. Use good Christmas music at home and in the car.

6. If family come in town, invite them to church.

7. Be good to your neighbors.

My family usually will have baked goods and a gospel tract for our neighbors every year. My wife and I want to teach our children to show the love of Christ and the spirit of giving.

8. Politely disagree with XMAS

Don’t use any decoration, cards, or signs with Xmas. The X in Xmas is crossing out Christ. Jesus is the reason for the season.

9. Don’t give sinful gifts.

Alcohol, cigarettes, lotto tickets, or things of that nature.

10. Determine to give Jesus a gift.

It might be to participate in our annual Christmas gift for Jesus offering. It might be a sinful habit or something that the Holy Spirit has been speaking to you regarding letting go in your life.

11. Be thoughtful of people who are suffering during this time.

It will be hard to spend Christmas alone or without a loved one that has passed recently.

Nathan Ros

Bro Ros does a great job in every aspect of ministry that he serves in! He leads our Khmer ministry, youth ministry, and is the teacher of the Grace Adult Bible Class. He and his wife have four wonderful children.

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