Wednesday, 24 December 2014

The True Christmas - A dose of Encouragement 52


In the last two Wednesdays I have been writing about some of our Christmas Tree Decorations.

We had  3 Sleighs for Christmas  and
A Fan for Christmas

Today I'm going to tell you about another decoration I love putting on my tree because this one tells us about The True Christmas.

All around us at this time of the year we see everything being used to represent Christmas.

We see Santas.

We see Turkeys.

We see Trees.

We see Gifts.

We see Pictures of Snow.

We see Everything becoming Red.

But we see less and less of 

The True Christmas.




This decoration was bought in America when we lived in Delaware so it has been on our tree for over 20 years just like the other ones in the last two posts in this series.

Yet I still remember the day I bought it.

I was with my friend Suzanne in a Christmas Shop she had taken me to.  While we were paying for our purchases I noticed something else and as I moved away to get it I said to Suzanne

"I must lift one of those"

and I was so surprised by her reaction

"you can't say that Sandra"

I couldn't understand why she jumped in with this so quickly.

So I asked her why?

Suzanne explained that to use the word  "lift"  was implying shoplifting.

Suzanne knew what I had really meant but she was concerned that the shopkeeper would have heard me and not known my proper intention.

I had simply meant

I must pick up one of these to add it to my items to buy 

but the way I had said it meant something else in that part of the world.


Now when I look at this Tree Decoration of Mary and Joseph with Jesus I remember two things.

Firstly I remember the Original True Christmas when Jesus came into the world.

Secondly I remember the True Meaning of Christmas which is just the same today as it was all those years ago.  Why should it change?  Jesus doesn't change.

God sent His Son Jesus into the world to be our 
Saviour
Redeemer
Ransom

to be
 Immanuel
"God with Us"


But what do others think of at Christmas?

They think of the things I listed at the start of this blog post.

They think of all the busy days and activities at this time of the year.

They think of the money that will be spent.

They think of the holiday from work.

They think of Seasons Greetings and Happy Holidays to just mean exactly what the words say.

But when they hear

Merry Christmas

they don't think that it means exactly what it says.

They don't consider how it is the commemoration of the miracle of God coming to dwell on earth to live as a human like us so that He can do for us what no-one else could possibly do.

No, they hear the words that are intended for them to hear 
but they think of completely the wrong meaning of the phrase just as that shop keeper could have thought of the completely wrong meaning of my words all those years ago.

I love the fact that when I went to take the picture of this decoration there were two lights right above it as if to highlight it particularly because really that is precisely what we should be doing.



To so many people Christmas is no longer based on Christ.

So let's try to help others to actually think of the 

True Meaning of Christmas 

in every opportunity we have so that they may come to know  


The True Blessing 
of 
The True Christmas.



I pray you will know the The True Christmas this year and every year to come.









5 comments:

  1. I love it when ornaments have a special story behind them. Thank you for sharing yours! Visiting from #TellHisStory and wishing you a very merry Christmas in the truest sense! :-)

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  2. What a great ornament! My Mom always got a silver ball or bell with the year engraved. Over a decade ago, my sister and I divided them, and now my aunt gets us a new one each year. They make me smile!

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  3. Hi, Sandra! I'm stopping by from Wholehearted Wednesdays. Yes, so thankful to know the true meaning of Christmas. May we be faithful in passing that truth on to the next generation! :)
    Jen @ Being Confident of This

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  4. I am so not a collector and because we have moved so many times due to ministry I have become even less of one. Now we have a stateside ministry so it much easier to keep and store thing then when you live overseas. So last year I bought myself the first pieces of the Willow Tree Nativity, this year I added a camel, a shepherd and another sheep. Since my early christmas pieces have long been lost or tore up and even stoled through the years of living in a couple third world countries I wanted something to leave to my daughter...Willow Tree will be around for longer then me I am sure. The best thing I leave my children is the one who made the nativity real and worth passing on. Sweet post.

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  5. I love ornaments and their stories! Thanks for linking up at #ThreeWordWednesday.

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