There are years Christmas seems cheerful and years it creeps by. Those cheerful Christmas years are amazing, and the creepy years are … well … creepy.
So in the hopes of helping you steer clear of a “Creepy Christmas” I thought I’d share three ways to avoid such catastrophe:
One of my favorite holiday movies is “Elf” featuring Will Ferrel, and one of my favorite lines from that movie is “The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” You can’t sing throughout Christmas and have a “Creepy Christmas”. There’s a deep connection to what we express in song and the trajectory of our feelings, so sing loud and joyfully this Christmas.
Christmas, unfortunately, taught us from our early years to think about what we GET and not what we GIVE. It’s unfortunate, because getting is rarely as meaningful as giving. So, if you’re heading for a “Creepy Christmas” change your posture and focus on GIVING. If you don’t have money to buy gifts, thats ok! Find somewhere to give your time! Every town has a place that serves the less fortunate this time of year. Call them and volunteer. I guarantee you’ll feel more cheerful and less creepy.
Focus more on Jesus and less on yourself this Christmas. We all get a little creepy when we focus on ourselves too much. Christmas ultimately is a celebration of Jesus. When we make something about ourselves that should be about Jesus, it always gets creepy. To focus on Jesus this Christmas, spend time praying and reflecting on the following passages from the scriptures:
- Luke 1:26 – 2:40
- Matthew 1:18 – 2:23
- Revelation 12:1-12
- Philippians 2:5-11
It’s my sincere prayer that you avoid a creepy Christmas this year. Instead, I hope that the most beautiful message of all time, that God came to us, provokes awe and cheer in your heart as you sing, give, and focus on the best gift you could ever get, Jesus.
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