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10 Ideas for How to Keep Christ in Christmas

For Ms. Dora—teacher, counselor, mother, and grandmother—holidays and family make the perfect blend of good times and pleasant memories.

 "Keep Christ in Christmas" Front Lawn Poster

"Keep Christ in Christmas" Front Lawn Poster

Christians can refuse to celebrate Christmas, citing all that is pagan and commercial about the activities; or they can take advantage of the joyous community atmosphere to focus open minds on the true meaning of Christmas.

Here are ten ideas on how to keep Christ in Christmas and influence a Christ-centered celebration.

1. Present Jesus as the Best Gift

For many children (and adults too) the focus of Christmas is about giving and receiving gifts. To direct the family’s attention toward the gift that started Christmas, wrap the Bible in Christmas gift paper and place it among the other gifts. After all the other gifts have been opened, ask family members to be seated and announce the last and best Christmas gift for the entire family. Read the story of Jesus’ birth (from Matthew 1 or Luke 2).

When we ask our children 'What do you want for Christmas?', we are asking a question that breeds selfishness.

In order to develop selflessness we should be asking 'What are you going to give?'

Christmas is the celebration of God's great gift giving -'For God so loved the world that he gave...'(John 3:16)"

— Robert Flatt

2. Send Cards That Say "Christmas," Not "Xmas"

Send cards which have specific reference to Jesus, rather than those which abbreviate Christmas, by appearing to X out Christ in favor of Xmas. Some cards simply send Holiday greetings. Let your cards emphasize that you are celebrating Jesus.

3. Sing Songs About Jesus Instead of Santa

Play and sing songs about Jesus’ birth. Songs about Saint Nick (also referred to as Santa Claus) probably refer to the fourth century Bishop who was known for his generous gift-giving; but Jesus deserves to be honored all by Himself. Choose Christmas songs which are void of reference to the miracles of St. Nick or any other mysterious figure, and which honor Jesus only.

4. Explain the Christmas Colors

Know and share why you decorate with red and green. They were not inspired by Santa suits and reindeer.

Why Is Christmas Green and Red?

"There are two accepted beliefs about the origin of traditional Christmas colors, one based on Christian faith, and the other based on historical fact,” which dates back to the fourteenth century, according to Anthropology Suite 101. Since apple trees were not available year round for use in theatrical productions of Adam and Eve in the garden, the evergreen pine emerged as a symbol of the Christian’s faith in eternal life—evergreen corresponding to everlasting. Red symbolizes blood—necessary to produce life.

5. Decorate With Christian Symbols

Decorate the Christmas tree with symbols of the real Christmas: angels, stars, shepherds, Mary and Joseph figurines, and so on. Also include the main symbol of the Christian’s faith: the cross. Let the cross be a reminder during the Christmas season that Jesus did not remain a baby, but grew up, lived and died to complete His mission as Savior. The Christment Tree Pattern Book Vol. 3: 21 Christian Ornaments on the Meaning of Christmas (Christment Tree Pattern Books) by Elaine Clanton Harpine, is one of several sources for instructions on how to make ornaments depicting the life of Christ.

The candy cane, shaped like the Shepherd’s crook, reminds us of Christ the Good Shepherd.

The candy cane, shaped like the Shepherd’s crook, reminds us of Christ the Good Shepherd.

6. Discuss the Christian Symbolism of the Candy Cane

Talk about the Christian symbols of the candy cane. For example, it is shaped like the Shepherd’s crook which introduces the topic of Christ as the Good Shepherd, or like a J for the name of Jesus.

"Some say the white of the candy cane represents the purity of Jesus and his virgin birth. The bold red stripe represents God’s love. The three fine stripes are said by some to represent the Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Others say they represent the blood spilled at the beating Jesus received at the hands of the Roman soldiers" (according to Laura Witcher Goldstein in The History of The Candy Cane).

Throughout the season, whether as decorations or for a taste of sweetness, let candy canes remind family members and visitors of the story of Jesus.

7. Let Christmas Lights Symbolize Jesus

Christmas lights have different meanings in different cultures, but light for the Christian symbolizes Jesus, the light of the world. Consequently, whether they are on the rooftop or on the garden rail, in whatever form as candles or electric bulbs, point to them as reminders that believers are commissioned to be Christ’s light to the neighborhood, during and after the season.

8. Explain the Circular Christmas Wreath

The Christmas wreath, by its circular shape symbolizes the eternal nature of Christ and also His endless love. You’re sure to receive compliments on your display of friendly welcome to neighbors and friends. Add a small personal touch in the form of a small label with a Christ-centered message like, “Jesus, the reason for the season,” or The Savior is born,” or even candy canes which give you an opportunity to make a short, sweet statement of faith.

The Christmas wreath, by its circular shape symbolizes the eternal nature of Christ.

The Christmas wreath, by its circular shape symbolizes the eternal nature of Christ.

9. Talk About Angels

Angels feature in the Christmas story: announcing the birth of Christ to Mary, to Joseph and to the shepherds, guiding the shepherds to Bethlehem, and advising Joseph to take Mary and the Child to Egypt. Remind everyone that angels continue to minister to human beings everyday. Share stories or dreams about angels.

10. Personalize the Nativity Scene

Spend a few minutes occasionally, talking about the characters on display in the Nativity Scene. Help family members to make personal applications with questions like:

  • “Which character would you like to have been, if you were present during the first Christmas?”
  • “What aspect of the story do you enjoy the most?”
  • “What do you think about Jesus?”

Christmas may be the only time of year that some people listen to you sharing your faith. Share it with excitement while you spread Christmas cheer.

Bonus: 5 Christmas Quotes Featuring Christ

  1. "The most important part about Christmas is the first six letters." —Life Research Universal
  2. "Take Christ out of Christmas, and December becomes the bleakest and most colorless month of the year." —A. F. Wells
  3. "All the Christmas presents in the world are worth nothing without the presence of Christ." —David Jeremiah
  4. "If we could condense all the truths of Christmas into only three words, these would be the words: 'God with us.'" —John MacArthur
  5. "You can never truly enjoy Christmas until you can look up into the Father's face and tell him you have received his Christmas gift." —John R. Rice

© 2011 Dora Weithers

Comments

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 29, 2018:

Thanks for your input, Marie. I appreciate the information on Saint Nick and his generosity. His is a story worth telling and I understand you reason for not wanting to exclude him. He does embody the spirit of Christmas.

Marie Flint from Jacksonville, FL USA on December 27, 2018:

This is a lovely, thoughtful Christian focus in this article, Dora. Personally, I would not take Saint Nicholas out of the celebration because his spirit does embody giving. I watched the movie about Satin Nicholas' life. He was an orphan in a small village. The people were poor, but dedicated to taking care of their own. Out of fairness in not burdening any one family with the responsibility of Nicholas' care, he was sent from one family to another after a certain time limit. What's remarkable is that he remembered every family who had taken care of him by carving little figurines as gifts and placing them on the doorsteps of those he had befriended. As time went on, he had a lot of carvings to make, so it became a year-round endeavor. What dedication--walking great distances sometimes in the dead of winter to remember a loved one! No, I prefer not to forget Saint Nicholas at Christmas. Blessings!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 01, 2016:

Dream, it's so surprising to find out that some things we do or say without being intentional may promote or demote a cause. Great to find ways to promote Jesus especially during the season that celebrates His birth. Merry Christmas to you, too.

DREAM ON on December 01, 2016:

It's amazing how we do things and don't even know their meaning. You enlightened me on candy canes and so much more. Have a very

Merry Christmas and give thanks to Jesus. What a wonderful life it is.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 07, 2015:

Geri, glad that you like the ideas. A happy Christ-centered Christmas to you and yours!

Geri McClymont on December 06, 2015:

I just read this article, as the Christmas season is upon us, and was so blessed. The song, "Happy Birthday Jesus" is precious and one I have always loved. Beautiful ideas for keeping the focus on Christ this Christmas. Thank you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 14, 2014:

Thanks, Manatita. I appreciate your comment.

manatita44 from london on December 12, 2014:

You present some vivid acts, colour, artistry and imagination, Dora. Nice gift ideas. Great help to spiritualise the mind and heart. Much love.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 12, 2014:

Word, Celebrate Christ! I love that you said that. Christmas and New Year greetings to you and yours also.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 12, 2014:

Mothers, glad you enjoyed the article. A blessed Christmas to you and your also.

Al Wordlaw from Chicago on December 11, 2014:

Thank you MsDora, this was a great reminder of what Christmas is all about. May you and the family have a joyous one and Happy New Year too! It's always a pleasure to celebrate Christ!

Mothers of Nations on December 11, 2014:

I truly enjoyed this article! Voted up and shared. God bless you Ms. Dora and Merry CHRISTmas!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 29, 2014:

Ilona, sure can see some devotional topics here. Thanks for reading, commenting and pointing that out.

Ilona E from Ohio on November 29, 2014:

I love these ideas- and think they would make great topics for Advent devotional times.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 23, 2013:

Manatita, thank you for reading and for making suggestions. Perhaps, I will take you up on them for the next Christmas. Blessed Christmas to you, too!

manatita44 from london on December 21, 2013:

Your ideas are all beautiful and excellent and deserves commendation. Still, would have included a heading on prayer or something similar. Also maybe mention Christ in a more direct way and what He stood for.

Still, at this spiritually fruitful time, let not our hearts be troubled. In God's home there are may mansions and it's good knowing that He has prepared a place for us. Isn't this wonderful? lots and lots of love to you. May you have an abundance of joy this year ending, and an ever-progressive 2014.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 20, 2013:

Ziyena, feeling stupid is not allowed. No one is required to know understand everything the way other people do. We'd be bored if we did. So the candy can can be your discovery this Christmas, and you may discover something else next year, God willing. Thanks for your participation and have a great Christmas!

ziyena from the United States on December 20, 2013:

Wow Dora! I never thught about the candy cane as being of symbol of Christmas ... as a child, you just think ... oh peppermint candy. lol Thanks for enlightening me (feeling stupid) Hugs Z :)

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 16, 2013:

Sunilkunnoth2012, how wonderful that you celebrate with the Christians. Glad you enjoy Christmas and I hope that this year again, it brings you more love, peace and joy. Thank you for sharing.

Sunil Kumar Kunnoth from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on December 16, 2013:

Christmas is the largest and most celebrated festival in the world. Though I am an Indian, the region where I reside have a good presence of Christians and so I am part of the festivity. Recently here on HP I had done a poem on Christmas You have presented a beautiful topic with good ideas, which I hope all will welcome and is definitely in tune with the festive mood. Thank you for sharing some valuable tips.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 14, 2013:

Grand Old Lady, you're welcome. Glad you like it, and thank you for sharing. A blessed Christmas to you and yours.

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on December 14, 2013:

Thank you Ms. Dora. I'm gonna share this on my FB page:)

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 10, 2013:

Skye, I feel your passion to spread the news of who Jesus is. Christmas is a very good time for that, and I pray that we get lots of opportunities. Thank you for your comment. A blessed Christmas to you and yours. Love to you also.

skye2day from Rocky Mountains on December 10, 2013:

Ms Dora Dear and Precious Sister. I love it. Your hub is beautiful and I pray that many come to read and are encouraged to celebrate Christ and share in the reason for the season.

Many are clueless to who Christ is or deny HIs blessed name. Let us hope and pray many that are lost are found. I so love the candy cane story. All of Christ is good so good. He is our Savior. Our EL Shadi. May the Spirit of God always rise up and shine through you as you share in His Love. He is the best gift we will ever receive. Love to you dear sister. Skye

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Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 02, 2013:

LoveDoc, a blessed Christ-centered Christmas to you too. Your comments are always so kind and encourging. Thank you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 02, 2013:

Lastheart, these ideas truly come from my heart.I think Christians need to focus on Christ and enjoy Him as the reason for the season.

lovedoctor926 on December 02, 2013:

Your hubs are always so meaningful. Christmas is too commercialized & people have become too materialistic. Some don't believe in God and others aren't religious and they think you're forcing your beliefs onto them. I don't like those cards with X either. I always like to send religious cards allegorical to the birth of Jesus. We also put a nativity set underneath the tree every year. I didn't know about the symbolism of the candy cane although we do hang some on our tree. Have a blessed Christmas and holiday season. Doc

Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord on December 02, 2013:

Wow!! I love this hub!! You sure are focused. I thanks God for your heart.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 02, 2013:

" . . . it may be the only way . . ." My thought exactly. Thank you for the input, Jackie. A Blessed Christmas to you and yours.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 01, 2013:

I love this and you taught me some things I didn't know! I really am saddened by Christians who won't celebrate Christmas. As things are now it may be the only way some children (and possibly adults) ever get to know about Jesus and His story. Voting up and sharing. A very blessed article. Thank you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 09, 2013:

Doc, you're a woman after my own heart. Thank you for your comment and for sharing your preferences. Happy Christmas to you when it comes!

lovedoctor926 on November 08, 2013:

Hi MsDora, this is a very nice hub. You've touched on the real meaning of Christmas. It's a shame that many people forget the true significance of Christmas. Interesting about the candy cane. Underneath my Christmas tree, I always put a nativity set. I bought a beautiful one last year as a matter of fact. I love watching movies on the Hallmark channel. The Christmas movies always teach us something wonderful either about family togetherness, not being stingy and sharing with those who are less fortunate and goodwill.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 08, 2013:

Thank you, DDE. Simple is appropriate, I think, for family celebrations.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 07, 2013:

Ten Ideas on How to Keep Christ in Christmas great hub and so beautifully approached these are awesome and simple ways

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 08, 2013:

Kasman, glad you found something useful in this article. Hope next Christmas is more meaningful for you.

Kas from Bartlett, Tennessee on June 07, 2013:

I never knew what the wreath meant. I love the meaning and the fact that you mentioned it. I'm glad you wrote this as more and more.......Jesus is being taken out of our culture every day. Great ideas and I'm voting up!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 15, 2012:

Thanks for reading and sharing, houseofjcjee! Happy Christmas (when it comes) to you and all your friends.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 15, 2012:

Elle, great minds think alike they say. Perhaps you can find TEN MORE ideas or something along that line. Thanks for your kind comment.

ElleBee on October 14, 2012:

This is a great hub! I was actually thinking of writing a hub on this exact topic sometime soon, in time for the Christmas season! Your is done really well though, and I might need to change the plans for mine up a bit so as to not be a repeat.

houseofjcjee from Philippines on June 28, 2012:

Thank you! I have bookmarked your article and will definitely share this when Christmas season starts.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 28, 2012:

You're going the right thing, houseofjcjee. I applaud you. Hope you have a very merry Christmas this year also.

houseofjcjee from Philippines on June 28, 2012:

It is a painful truth that Christ has been taken away from Christmas due to commercialism. To remind my family that Christmas is the reason of the season, I see to it that the Nativity is displayed and we hang a Christmas lantern in the shape of a star. I also hang different images of angels in our Christmas tree.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 31, 2011:

Thanks for the votes, Deborah. Nice meeting you too, and New Year Blessings to you!

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on December 31, 2011:

So excited about meeting a fellow christian.. love this HUB..

I voted up and awesome

happy new year

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 24, 2011:

Kelleyward, I am encouraged that you appreciate what I write. A happy, peaceful, Christ centered Christmas, to you, your family and all my readers.

kelleyward on December 23, 2011:

Wow thanks!! So glad I came across this hub. It's my focus to always focus on Christ in Christmas. We tell our boys they will get 3 gifts for Christmas since that's how many gifts Jesus received. Thanks again.

BERNARD LEVINE from RUIMSIG, SOUTH AFRICA on December 08, 2011:

THE GREATNESS OF JESUS By BERNARD LEVINE

The most influential life

ever to have lived on this earth

The greatest love this world has known

The central fulfillment

of hundreds of Bible prophecies

The leading key figure of humanity

Jesus is unique

He walked on water

He raised the dead

He opened blind eyes

He brought us eternal life

Only through His blood

can we be pardoned

Only through His name

can we receive God's power

Only through His life

can we find victory

Lord Jesus

We love and worship you.

© Bernard Levine

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 04, 2011:

Thanks, frogyfish. I appreciate your comments. Blessed Christmas to you and yours.

frogyfish from Central United States of America on December 03, 2011:

You gave simple and realistic tips to keep Christ as fulcrum of Christmas. Enjoyed the video song by the child...beautiful presentation.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 03, 2011:

Thanks, prairieprincess, for your kind remarks. Glad you like my hub. Blessings to you, also.

Sharilee Swaity from Canada on December 03, 2011:

Well done, thank you for this hub about the true meaning of Christmas. I had read most of these before, but it was good reminder. Also, this is well organized and presented. Blessings!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 03, 2011:

That's really special, Dee aka Nonna, including a personal note with your gift. There are so many ways to influence people. Thanks for your votes.

Dee aka Nonna on December 03, 2011:

This is wonderful. Enjoyed reading it very much. I love your idea of wrapping the Bible in Christmas paper and then reading the Christmas story to the family. I will do that one. I always purchase a few small Nativities to give as early gifts to various people. I include a note about my reason for liking the little animals and people and baby and building, etc. So far, not one person has rejected it, but for the most part cherish the gift for their own personal reasons.

Thank you for sharing this. Voted up, useful, beautiful.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 01, 2011:

Thanks Nell Rose. We;re on the same page. Thanks for your rating, and have a happy Christ-centered Christmas!

Nell Rose from England on December 01, 2011:

Hi, this is exactly what we need to remember, and you have such great ideas here, Christmas should always be remembered for what it is, and not just presents and good films on TV, I think most of us have forgotten that in the mad rush up to Christmas, rated up and thanks!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 30, 2011:

Thanks! Have a good cry, lmabservant. Tears of joy are appropriate when we celebrate Jesus.

Lori Colbo from Pacific Northwest on November 30, 2011:

Happy birthday Jesus always makes me cry. Good hub.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 30, 2011:

Thank you, slwriter, whonunwho and brandasaur. Glad to write something that others find useful. Thanks for the votes.

brandasaur from Planet X on November 29, 2011:

Woow =) TWO THUMBS up for this. Thanks for all this info, it really gave me a hint what to do this Christmas Day to be more centered on the Birth of our savior, Jesus Christ!

VOTED UP!

whonunuwho from United States on November 29, 2011:

I liked your hub very much! It certainly has the right message about Christmas.

slwriter on November 29, 2011:

Such an awesome hub ;-) I enjoy reading it. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Voted up and find it useful ;-)

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