[Merry Christmas!]

[Merry Christmas!]

I know, I know. You’re probably thinking “Her time zone is way out of tune in that Ukraine.”

No, while it’s true that in Ukraine we celebrate CHRISTmas on a different day than the rest of the Protestant world (we celebrate it on January 7th, according to the Julian calendar as opposed to Gregorian) it is not CHRISTmas season here yet.

I am not sure why, but I have always started “preparing” for CHRISTmas in the heat of summer. I do not do it intentionally, but I find myself drawn to CHRISTmas music and carols, and the entire anticipation of His birth.

The thing that always piqued my interest was… why do we celebrate His birthday only once a year and who said it is supposed to be on 25th of December or January 7th? Why can’t we celebrate it, say, on 13th of August?

Another thing… Who says we cannot celebrate it every single day of our lives? Seriously, if we are calling ourselves CHRISTians… I think we SHOULD celebrate it every single day of our lives. CHRISTmas is not just a day of giving gifts and getting together with the entire family to eat so much that you can’t move afterwards. It’s not about it! The gist of CHRISTmas is to celebrate His coming down to us, to save us from ourselves, basically; from the pit that we’ve dug for ourselves.

As I was writing this, I was reminded of a song… O Little Town of Bethlehem… There’s one verse that got stuck in my mind, playing over and over…

O holy Child of Bethlehem!
Descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin and enter in,
Be born in us today.

We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us,
Our Lord Emmanuel!

Cast out our sin and enter in, be born in us today – that should be our everyday prayer. Like AA people, it’s often one day at a time. Same with us – our addition to sin is even worse – and it should be a day-by-day, step-by-step process. We cannot really skip a mile in this journey (unfortunately…). But if we pray for Him to be born IN US today (every day), then He will be the One who would take care of us.

Anyway, I did not mean to ramble for so long but it kind of happened πŸ™‚

  • We should celebrate Jesus every day, but we should also have a rememberance day. God established holidays for His people so that we would remember what He did on those occasions. That is the point of Passover. That should be our point with our Christian holidays too. We should celebrate (remember) every day for every day is a gift from God and He has saved us from every sin. But let us also sing ourselves horse on those festivals. Thanks for reminding us to remember.
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    • That's true, John. I guess my point with celebrating CHRISTmas only once a year was more of "it's like we celebrate it once a year, we put a check mark in our list, and move on…" Besides, lately, both in the US as well as over here in Ukraine, CHRISTmas turned into a time when we give gifts…. and often forget about THE Gift… we focus on the family, peace, etc, but that should not be the focus of CHRISTmas (besides, we should focus on our families every single day… and there's no family-remembrance day… it's EVERY DAY thing)… anyway. yeah.
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  • Ramble away my dear lady ramble away. i will agree with Jonathan on this (he stole my thunder). Christmas should be celebrated every day, just like Thanksgiving and the Resurrection. We do that to worship also. We talk about worship only happening on Sunday morning. It should be every moment of every day. I'm all for Christmas in July, August or January. Bring it on!! πŸ™‚
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    • mmm hmmm… Sunday Worship is another pet peeve of mine (which i try to de-root in my own brain sometimes as well…)… or the idea of Sunday best… why should we only dress up on Sundays? (i know the idea behind it, but people have made it into something what it was not supposed to be….)
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  • bucks5

    Yesterday I went to a candle shop and they had a balsam scent candle. I took one sniff and wanted it soooo bad to be November/December. Especially since yesterday was our last day (please!?) of 100 + weather. I agree with your heart Zee, I think we should celebrate Christ everyday and be overjoyed with his life work and sacrafice. Thank you for a little Christmas in August!

    • *Merry CHRISTmas hug* πŸ™‚

      i soooooo hear ya about the weather… we're supposed to have about a week of this… (some forecasts say until the end of august – *groan*)… thankfully the nights are still getting cooler, so one can at least sleep a bit…. (i don't have A/C at home……. will probably get it next year!)
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  • j4man

    You should celebrate Christ everyday – oh wait – that was already said a couple of times. Last week while at the beach my wife had me in and out of Christmas shops. It did get me in the mood for Christmas.

    • cool, they already had Christmas shops open? i thought they usually wait until later in the year…

      • j4man

        They keep the open year round in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and around some of the Outlet Malls here.
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  • You truly do learn something new everyday! I am lovin' me some Christmas today. Thanks for the reminder!

    • Enjoy the celebration, Duane πŸ˜€

  • I could go off on a tangent about this. 1) I don't do enough thinking about Jesus and his birth, why He came, and what it means to me. I shoud, but I'm fallen. You are so right. We should be thinking about this everyday. 2) I hate that Christmas is about Santa Claus. My mom used to tell me if you switched around the words SANTA, you'd get SATAN. A little extreme, but maybe she had a point. After all, many people, even Christians, put the focus on Santa and not God and that drives me insane. My kids don't learn about Santa here. I'm a nut, but I don't think they are deprived. We put up a Jesse Tree last year and they got 30 days of learning about the Bible which meant little treats for each day. They liked that better than stupid Santa claus anyway. Ok, guess I did go off on a tangent. Sorry. Good post Zee…please do ramble on. Then i don't look so much like a clown ;-P
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    • regarding the #2 – actually, i completely agree with you, Michelle. i grew up without believing in Santa… (over here, btw, he's called Grandpa Frost)…. i always knew that it was my mom, grandma, and my aunt who gave me the presents and i was fine with that – i knew they loved me so i didn't feel like something's wrong with not having Santa bring those. When I will have my own kids, i am not gonna tell them all those lies about the Santa – why bother?

      i love the idea of 30 days of learning about the Bible – what is Jesse Tree? sounds interesting.

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