Remembering the Real Reason for the Season
As Christmas rapidly approaches, people can easily get caught up in the hustle-bustle of holiday parties, shopping and Christmas list-making. However, Fellowship reminds residents and their loved ones to take a step back and reflect on the real reason for the season — the birth of Jesus Christ. This Christmas keep the real spirit alive with these following tips:
Do More Giving — When possible, volunteer with organizations for those in need such as a soup kitchen, donate much-needed items such as socks, blankets, coats and more to homeless shelters, or consider purchasing a gift from a Christmas Angel tree which are located around the valley. Or simply surprise a loved one, friend or neighbor with a plate of Christmas cookies or a poinsettia left on their doorstep. Giving doesn’t have to be super-commercial or expensive to be heartfelt.
Attend Mass — With so many powerful lessons through the Word of the Lord, attending regular mass or a special Christmas program at church is sure to fill believers with the real spirit of the season.
Sing a Hymn — Get a group together to sing hymns or classic Christmas carols that recognize the true meaning of Christmas.
Read the Bible — Read about the story of Jesus’ birth with a group or friends or family.
Put out a Nativity Set — Instead of flashy lights or giant inflatable décor, why not set out a nativity set in the yard or display one on a kitchen or coffee table to honor the spirit of Christmas this year? There are also multiple places around the valley that present live nativity scenes.
Pray — This time of year can be difficult for people that are ill, alone or in despair. Reaching out to those people and all friends and loved ones to let them know they are being thought of in prayer can be a powerful way to connect with people as well as honor Jesus Christ.
Be Kind — Spreading kindness is a beautiful and subtle way to spread the spirit of the Lord. Smiling at a stranger on the street, dropping a few coins into the Salvation Army bucket at the grocery store, opening the door for someone or letting someone into traffic are all simply, small and easy ways to spread more kindness and love this season. And isn’t that what Jesus wants from his children?
There are so many ways to honor the real reason for Christmas! Get creative and enjoy all the wonderful, spiritual ways to celebration Jesus Christ this year.