A Christmas That Can Change The World
December 4, 2008, 9:25 pm
Filed under: church, culture, family, gospel, ministry

I came across this well-made video :

I find that  it’s hard for some (or many) Christians to break out of their excessive Christmas consumerism because of long-lasting family traditions that  occupy the central place in their Christmas “celebrations”.  I face the same pressures myself as I’m expected to participate in gift exchanges or grab bags because “that’s what we’ve always done”.  Having kids makes it even more complicated because within our culture, they grow up feeling entitled to “gifts” at Christmas time.  Furthermore, gift-giving is often rationalized because “God gave us the best gift in Jesus…” and so all the more, we ought to give gifts…

As the leader of my family, I want to take a stand this year and hopefully change the trajectory of how we celebrate this Christmas and future Christmases.  I want to be more in tune with Jesus than with the culture, and I want to raise my kids in that way too.

Now, I don’t know about specifically supporting the cause of the video, but I am going to put some serious thought into applying it’s message to my own situation.  I especially liked how the video put it : give presence.

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