For a lot of people, Christmas is the tree, presents, and maybe some good cheer. For a lot of Christians, Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus, but in talk only. What Christmas should be is a time to live the birth of Jesus by “walking” Christmas, not just “talking” it.
What is “walking” Christmas? It is feeling the sacrifice that both Mary and Joseph made to bring Jesus into the world. It’s reliving Jesus’ birth deep in your heart, understanding that it is the birth of your personal Savior. It’s bringing all the events surrounding Jesus’ birth and incorporating them into your soul.
What does this mean on a very practical level? First, it starts with spending some time with the Christmas story. Not just in the gospels but starting with Isaiah. Do a little reading. But even more importantly, live Christmas. Start with a smile, especially when the traffic or shopping lines boil your blood. Find someone to help, a food pantry to stock, or a charity in need. Focus outward on others, not inward on self. Look for the face of Jesus in every person—and I mean, EVERY person—you encounter.
This is a time when we are increasingly trying to be politically correct to take Christmas out of the “holiday” season. It’s a time when Christians are leaving Jesus out of his own birthday. Walk the walk this Christmas season by doing what this time of year is about—selfless sacrifice to bring the ultimate sacrifice into the world.
Use these next few weeks to get into the real Spirit of Christmas!