Ladies, when the Christmas season comes around, it seems as if we all get so determined to become more giving, loving and focused on our Lord’s birth. We buy gifts, embrace traditions and reach out to those in need. Christmas is a great time because it brings out the best in us, right?
During Christmas we seem to be kinder, happier and more forgiving. We think about those in need and actively do things to help them. Maybe we send Christmas donations to our favorite charities, throw a little extra in the gift basket at church or volunteer to put together Christmas packages for those deployed over the holidays. Maybe we pray more, read scripture more, praise God more in song or watch our favorite Hallmark movies celebrating Christ’s birth. “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” after all, right?
But why do we have to save such awesome qualities and actions for one time of the year? Sure, it’s Christ’s birthday, but the birth of Jesus should be celebrated throughout the year. Why? Here are three reasons:
- Jesus should be celebrated every day. Not only the Nativity story, but the reason why God gave His son. I mean, think about the impact of Jesus’ birth. Think about the whole point of His life, as determined by His Father, God. Think about the reason that God had even offered His son. All of it was for us! Yes, us, the sinners. The impact of Jesus’ whole life lasts throughout the year, every year, and it will continue to do so until the end of time.
- We should maintain the positive qualities all year. We should be the best we can be year-round, not just during the Christmas season. We should be giving, loving and forgiving regardless of what time of year it is. Jesus’ birth was the beginning of an amazing lesson on how to treat people. He was the action behind the Word. He lived it for us to emulate.
- We should be joyous every day. The joy of Christmas is definitely a unique sentiment. And granted, it’s not an easy one to maintain throughout the year, especially when those around you may not be sharing the moment. It usually doesn’t feel like Christmas every day when those around us resume the normalcy of life. But to have a continuous joy in the heart is necessary in order to reflect the love of Jesus Christ on the outside. To maintain the joy of Christmas is really the only way we can share God’s Word sincerely.
Ladies, you don’t have to have a Christmas tree year-round or give gifts every day in order to celebrate Christ’s birth all year. But you do need to maintain the virtues often reserved for the Christmas season, such as charity and forgiveness. And you definitely need to consciously remember the magnitude of Christ’s birth on a daily basis. Certainly it will take effort, but being a Christian is not supposed to be easy.
Ladies, do you celebrate Christmas every day?