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    5 Ways to Put Christ Back into Christmas

    Ladies, Christmas is a wonderful time of year, from the music, lights, tree and decorations to family gatherings and, of course, the presents! But what about the real reason we celebrate Christmas?

    Unfortunately, in this era of commercialization, along with a secular desire to push God out of everything public, the birth of Jesus Christ doesn’t seem to be at the forefront of Christmas. If your desire is to put Christ back into Christmas, check out the following five ways you can accomplish this!

    1. Give. In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35) Christmas is a great time for giving. So besides the usual gift-giving to family and friends, consider giving to a child in need. Find a giving tree with gift ideas for needy children. Add a few more toys to your gift list and put them in a Toys for Tots drop-off. Volunteer at a soup kitchen. There are so many ways you can remember others this time of year.
    2. Forgive. For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. (Matthew 6:14) Christmas is a great time to set those grudges aside. Forgiveness is not an easy thing to do, but if Christ can forgive us of our sins, then who are we to deny forgiveness to others?
    3. Say “Merry Christmas!” What is this season about if it’s not about the birth of Jesus Christ? Why does the holiday even exist? This is why we celebrate, so let us remind everyone that it’s Jesus’ birthday. Wish everyone a blessed and merry Christmas!
    4. Go to church. Christmas is about Christ, so take a moment out of your day to worship Him.
    5. Read the story about Christ’s birth. The Night Before Christmas is a popular book to read on the night before Christmas, but what about the story of Jesus’s birth? Christmas is not about presents and Santa; they’re just a fun bonus. So let’s focus on what really happened the night before Christ was born.

    PI Girls, what do you do to put Christ back into Christmas?

    T.M. Gaouettehttp://www.tmgaouette.com
    T.M. Gaouette is a freelance writer, ghostwriter, blogger and fiction novelist. She was born in Africa, brought up in London and is now living in New England with her husband and four children. Devoted to Him, Gaouette is dedicated to glorifying God through her stories for teens and young adults. T.M. Gaouette is the author of "The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch" and "Freeing Tanner Rose," Christian novels for teens and young adults. She's currently working on completing her upcoming novel -visit tmgaouette.com for more on her Christian fiction work. Connect with her on www.facebook.com/TMGaouette and https://twitter.com/TMGaouette .

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