I took some pictures for my church for a women’s Christmas dinner. A woman hosted each table and was in charge of putting up decorations and I thought this train going around the table was cool.
Here’s a decoration from another table, which had an international theme with a globe as a centerpiece.
School’s out and 2012’s done. It’s Christmas and I need to reflect on life.
Christmas is all about love. Jesus preached loving everyone—your neighbors and your enemies. Jesus was born in Bethlehem, a city in Israel, and as Luke 2 says, an angel approached a group of shepherds out in the fields the night of Jesus’ nativity, or birth.
“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
God is love, and what comes next shows this:
“And you asked me what I want this year,
And I try to make this kind and clear,
Just the chance that maybe we’ll find better days.
“I wish everyone was loved tonight
And somehow stop this endless fight
Just a chance that maybe we’ll find better days
“So take these words and sing out loud
’cause everyone is forgiven now
’cause tonight’s the night the world begins again.” -Goo Goo Dolls
I just discovered this song, one of my favorites, is a Christmas song. I wish that peace would reign and our fears and stress would evaporate, as well. Christmas is the season to be thankful for all that we have been given. I stumbled around just trying to finish all my homework and work this semester, and hardly had time to be thankful. I want to take every step deliberately so those around me would follow. I want to live every moment knowing:
Maybe we’ll find better days.
I’m thankful it’s Christmas time. This has been an intense semester and there have been many days that I have been so busy I have not even been able to think. I am thankful that Christmas has come, and I am celebrating it by decorating my desk at my newspaper job.
What I had to write for the newspaper yesterday was one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life. It was just so emotionally draining.
I just want to be thankful for Jesus and Christmas is the perfect time: “Joy to the world, the Lord is come!”
No, the meaning of Christmas is not to buy presents or sip egg nog at festive holiday parties. Christmas is (or is meant to be) a time set out each year to honor one thing: the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, which took place more than 2,000 years ago in Israel.
Jesus was born in Bethlehem by Mary and Joseph, who traveled to the city for a census and could not even get a room at the inn because it was full, so Jesus had to be born in a manger (Luke 2:7).
Jesus’ birth was not just any special birth. No, he was God himself sent to earth.
Luke 2:8-14 recounts how an angel proclaims Jesus’ birth to a group of Jewish shepherds:
In the same region (Bethlehem) there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, good will toward men.”
This bears repeating. A multitude of angels appeared in the sky, as if stars coming alive into glorious, illuminated beings. And they sang and praised God for His gift of Jesus:
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
That is what Christmas is all about. Thanking God for His gift of salvation. For His love.
So when you attend your holiday parties, exchange gifts, or relax during your week off, try to do something to thank God. For you see, Jesus was not just some religious guru, a “don’t-do-this” leader, a man trying to get money or fame- he was a man who continually did all he could to help others, never once with a selfish thought.