10 Commandments of Christmas

22 12 2013

Christmas is out of control. It is spiraling into a materialistic and secular celebration of giving and getting. It is a retail bonanza and the highlight of the year for whoever is the one who prints sale papers. “A simple Christmas” is lost as our list of stuff to give gets more and more complicated. Retailers make it into the black the day after Thanksgiving and then we don’t get into the black until long after Christmas is over and our credit cards are paid off.

There is a lot I like about Christmas. The carols of Christ sung over secular radio stations; Handle’s Messiah; families gathering together; tradition; the poor are remembered; church is rediscovered; the warm and fuzzy programs on TV; bright and colorful lights lavished freely in the darkest time of the calendar year; people who are atheists declaring “Merry Christmas”; cookies.

Here is a list I found in my reading that is a reset button back to sanity. I hope it is helpful. Merry Christmas

Pastor Dave

 

The following item appeared in a church newsletter and contains some good advice that will help us keep selfishness in check this Christmas:

 

  1. Thou shalt not leave “Christ” out of Christmas, making it “Xmas.” To some, “X” is unknown.
  2. Thou shalt prepare thy soul for Christmas. Spend not so much on gifts that thy soul is forgotten.
  3. Thou shalt not let Santa Claus replace Christ, thus robbing the day of its spiritual reality.
  4. Thou shalt not burden the shop girl, the mailman, and the merchant with complaints and demands.
  5. Thou shalt give thyself with thy gift. This will increase its value a hundred fold, and he who receiveth it shall treasure it forever.
  6. Thou shalt not value gifts received by their cost. Even the least expensive may signify love, and that is more priceless than silver and gold.
  7. Thou shalt not neglect the needy. Share thy blessings with many who will go hungry and cold unless thou are generous.
  8. Thou shalt not neglect thy church. Its services highlight the true meaning of the season.
  9. Thou shalt be as a little child. Not until thou has become in spirit as a little one art thou ready to enter into the kingdom of Heaven.
  10. Thou shalt give thy heart to Christ. Let Him be at the top of thy Christmas list.

 

Anyone keeping these commandments is sure to have a blessed Christmas.
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