Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16
Can you believe it is already December? Christmas is only 16 days away. What does Christmas mean to you?
As I ponder this thought many Christmas memories come floating to mind. I remember one Christmas going with my father to pick out the Christmas tree, while there I saw a poor crippled boy. I remember crying for this boy and praying for him for many months. It had an impact on me.
I have lots of happy Christmas memories which include:
· Singing carols with the neighbors
· Having one big present and one or two “small” items
· An orange, apple and tangerine and maybe a few coins in my stocking
· Singing carols at the veteran’s home
· Singing carols at the nursing homes
· Making cookies for the veterans
· Going to see “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” with my granddaughters
· Adopting a family instead of buying gifts for each other
· Our first Christmas tree as a young married couple – we purchased the biggest one we could afford
· Making my grandfather my favorite pumpkin bread recipe, which is all he wanted and all I could afford.
· Making homemade gifts, which I still think are the very best kind
· Making cookies for the neighbors
· My uncle “playing Santa”
What are some of your favorite memories? As the season begins dwell on your happy Christmas memories. Find ways this Christmas to make more good memories. Look for ways to help those less fortunate than yourself.
Here are some ideas:
· Buy gift cards (local coffee shops, McDonald’s, Wal-Mart, and Target) in small amounts ($5-$10) and give them out when the Spirit leads
· Make cookies or fruit breads (banana, pumpkin etc) for shut ins
· Volunteer at a soup kitchen
· Volunteer at a local charity
· Make small gifts or look for small gifts to have on hand to give when the Spirit leads
· Spend time with an elderly neighbor or family member
· Give the gift of time
Here are some verses and quotes that may help:
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippines 4:8
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. I Corinthians 10:31
I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. ~ Charles Dickens
When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs? ~ G.K. Chesterton
And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ‘till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more? ~ Dr Seuss
Have a blessed day,