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Friday, December 14, 2012

WELCOME

Can you believe it is just a little over a week 'til Christmas? Did you grow up celebrating Christmas as Christ's birthday? I grew up celebrating Christmas - tree, Santa and all that, but the church I was brought up in didn't celebrate Christmas as Christ's birthday. I grew up hearing that we didn't know what date He was born on but it couldn't be December because of the shepherds out in the fields. So, it must have been in the spring. And besides that, there is no scripture that tells us to celebrate His birth. A Christmas tree in the church was unheard of as was a nativity scene. To tell you the truth, I never did "buy" that interpretation but didn't really give it much thought. As I got older and studied more I changed my view on a lot of things that church taught. I find it hard to believe that Jesus would condemn people for celebrating His birth. Even if we don't know the exact date, I think December 25 is just fine. I'm so glad the churches I've been associated with more recently have celebrated Christmas as Christ's birthday.

I do think we get a little too busy this time of year with many many things and too many times the real reason for celebrating Christmas gets pushed aside. I think sharing our thoughts by linking them here is helpful. Thank you again for all the lovely comments you make to me. I really do appreciate it.

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9 comments:

  1. Wishing you a Merry Christmas as you celebrate a holy season!

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  2. Hi Charlotte, I went to a Lutheran school and church which celebrated both Advent and Christmas. We usually had the lovely Advent wreath and candles on once side and the Christmas tree on the other. At home, the primary focus was definitely Santa and gifts. As a young adult mom, newly walking with God in full surrender, we definitely worked to keep the primary focus through the season on Jesus - the Reason for the Season - with plenty of fun thrown in as well and I continue to do that with my grandkids. A definite joy in this sweet season of Advent. Merry Christmas!

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  3. Thank you for hosting, Charlotte.

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  4. Thank you once again, dear Charlotte. The tragedy in Connecticut finds our nation once again weeping. And, it reminds us how blessed we are to have God carry us through this loss.

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  5. Hi Charlotte, Thank you for hosting. We celebrated Christmas as Christ's birth when I was growing up. But also Santa and getting presents was a big deal. My parents were religious, rather than followers of Christ. I came to know the Lord personally at the age of 23 and have slowly come to simplify Christmas to where now at age 62 I can say Jesus is my focus. All the trappings are secondary to Him. Blessings to you and yours as you celebrate His birth.

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  6. May we keep our focus on Christ this Christmas and every day! Thanks for the lovely post & for hosting, & God bless!

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  7. The church I now attend, celebrates Advent which was new to me. There is a lovely tree and poinsettas, and greens. I too do not care if Dec 25th is the exact day, but it is a good one to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Our Pastor reminded us to Focus on what is important, and that is Jesus and truth.

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  8. Thank you for letting me join....HOPE your week is blessed!

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  9. Hi Charlotte. Thank you so much for sharing your church experience while growing up. I think it is so helpful to understand where people come from with regard to religious celebrations and customs. Growing up a Catholic, we definitely celebrated the religious aspect of Christmas as well as doing Santa. Now, as a mother, finding myself raising children in an evermore humanistic/relativism culture, I put even more emphasis on celebrating the season of Advent...our time to prepare our hearts and minds for the coming birth of Jesus Christ, and less on celebrating Santa. Wishing you a lovely week...I'm late getting posted on Spiritual Sundays this week!

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Thank you for taking the time to comment. I appreciate it.
Blessings,
Charlotte