How to Keep Christ in the Present at Christmas

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  1. Melissa says:

    These are such great practical tips for keeping Jesus at the forefront of Christmas! I love the idea of memorizing the Christmas story from Luke! Thank you for sharing!

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Melissa!
      I hope you take up the challenge and memorize the scripture and then challenge someone you know #TheRealChristmasStory. Can you imagine if that filled our facebook feeds? How awesome would that be? God Bless You and enjoy the season to God’s fullest!

  2. “Memorize the Christmas Story from Luke 2:1-11” This is incredible! I have never thought of memorizing this passage. Now, I will do it with my kids! We will learn together! Great idea! I also love giving gifts with purpose! This is our motto this Christmas! Every Christmas Eve, we invite our neighbors to service with us! Sometimes they come, sometimes they don’t! It’s a great way to refocus on what the Season really means! Amazing advice! Thank you!

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Katie!
      I am so excited you are going to memorize this passage of scripture with your children. You will not regret it! They won’t forget it either! Let me know how it goes and video it and challenge another family! #TheRealChristmasStory

  3. Hannah says:

    It is crazy to see how much we stress over the gifts and the parties and the whole production of Christmas, but we forget our families and the true reason for the celebration. This is a great reminder, and very practical!

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Hannah!
      I wish I could say I have never been caught up in all the hoopla, but I have and I know what it is like to feel so miserable and tired because Christ wasn’t in it. We all learn that without Christ there would be no Christmas. The enemy loves to distract us from God’s message of redemption when He sent His son to be born.

  4. Heather Hart says:

    Great tips, Sheila. I think each family has to find what works best for them.

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Heather!
      I agree that every family needs to find what works for them too. My heart is to encourage families not to leave Christ out of Christmas because they think they are too busy. I’m praying for you and your husband. I hope you are both feeling better. Love and prayers!

  5. Doramae Ketchum says:

    So true that Christ’s birth gets shoved aside too often during Advent. Love that idea of memorizing the Christmas story. Thanks for being such a Glitter sower for our Savior.

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Doramae!
      Thank You for your encouraging words! Yes, I do love glitter, but I love Jesus more 🙂 Alicia still recites the scripture every Christmas Eve. It hard to believe that has been 27 years ago. Are babies do grow up! Many Blessings to you and your beautiful family. Give Al a hug for me!

  6. These are such wonderful ideas! “Volunteer” is my favorite! I think that by being God’s hands and feet, that we can truly understand the meaning of Christmas and shining our lights.

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Keisha!
      I love to volunteer any time of year, but especially at Christmas. What an expression of love to be His hands and feet to those who need the hope, love, and grace of Christ! Many Blessings!

  7. Susan Evans says:

    We’ve done a Jesse Tree previous years, where we hang an ornament about the life of Christ each day. This year we are singing carols at a retirement home. We always go to a candlelight service to focus our hearts on Christ.

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Susan!
      I have never heard of a Jesse Tree, but it sound interesting. I am sure all those at the retirement home will be blessed by your singing. I love candlelight services. We have attended a little church built in the 1800’s during the week of Christmas Eve that doesn’t have electric and uses the pulley candles. Worship is stripped back to its original state and it is so beautiful! It really does make you focus on the true meaning of Christmas.

  8. I love the idea of memorizing the Christmas story! And I agree, it’s a good idea to trim back on things so that you can enjoy the holiday and the season leading up to it instead of rushing around. This year I decided not to send any Christmas cards because I just didn’t want to deal with it, and I feel good about eliminating it and having a little extra time.

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Jordan!
      I love that you decided not to send Christmas cards! It is good to know what you can and can’t do. Sometimes you just have to keep the important things important. Let me know how memorizing the Christmas story goes!

  9. Sue Marsh says:

    Our eldest and her husband celebrate the season with an Advent wreath and candles. We have been there during theBible reading and candle lighting. It is lovely and teaches our grands the true beauty of Christ who is God’s greatestgift to us.
    Great read my sister. Love you.

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Sue!
      I love Advent. I didn’t grow up even knowing what Advent was, but I do now and I appreciate how it keeps you focused on the birth of our Messiah and King! What a great tradition and learning experience for everyone no matter their age. I love you too sister! So thankful for all God has done in healing you!

  10. Lori says:

    Hi Sheila! It’s been a long time since I’ve visited. “I don’t believe in Santa, yet you see Santa on public grounds, in parades, and at the mall” – this gave me a giggle. Can you imagine a Christian fighting to have Santa removed? My son is in his last year of 4-H, each Christmas the kids gather items to create little care packages for the senior citizens in our county. I’ve enjoyed helping him with this over the years, making sure the shut-ins have a special day.

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Lori!
      I’m so glad you are back to visit! Oh my heavens, Could you imagine if we tried to ban Santa? I love the idea of care packages for the Seniors. What a beautiful gift of demonstrating love to those who are so vulnerable. It is very inspirational! Blessings to you and your family!

  11. magen says:

    I feel like as the years go by Christmas becomes more and more about the gifts for kids. Great tips.

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Magen!
      I love to give kids gifts too, but I think it is equally important for them to understand the real meaning of Christmas and the most important gift which is Jesus.

  12. Alice Mills says:

    The commercial side of Christmas always seems so empty and cheesy to me. Tinsel is just not my thing. But worship is my favorite part.

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Alice!
      I agree! This is why it is important to keep our focus on Jesus especially during this season because the enemy would love nothing more than to be a distraction to God’s glory. Blessings!

  13. Ann (Neethu) says:

    Worship covers it all… love these tips… Enjoy your Christmas preparations.

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Ann!
      Yes, when we worship the King it keeps us in a state of rememberance of what is Holy and pure….Jesus!

  14. danielle says:

    These are some great tips that each family should find what works best for them.

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Danielle,
      I agree that every family needs to find what works best for them to help keep the real meaning of Christmas as the center of their family. Blessings to you!

  15. Your post is so helpful! Lets keep our focus where it belongs. And not let ourselves get so busy with “things” we miss CHRISTMAS!

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Aryn!
      I know for myself when I lose my focus it sucks the joy of out the celebration. This is why I believe it is so important to remind one another. Blessings to you!

  16. Mila says:

    ‘Tis the reason for the season. These are wonderful tips for celebrating Christmas with loved ones.

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Mila! You are right about that! Thank You for reading my post and may the Lord bless you during this season!

  17. Kristi says:

    Great tips for keeping the focus where it should be!

  18. Leah says:

    This is so great! And you’re exactly right, the world has turned this season into a season of discontentment. You hit the nail on the head with that one! It’s so sad that the very day after Thanksgiving, a time when we’re supposed to be thankful for what we have, we are told to go and buy a ton of stuff.

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi Leah!
      It is sad what should be a joyous time is many times filled with stress beyond measure. However, it is a choice we have to make to stay above the drama of the world. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and spoke to your heart. Blessings!

  19. Merry says:

    I love when you said, “Sometimes “No” needs to be said for the sanity of everyone.” This is SO true. Your post is incredibly timely. I was just thinking today that this Christmas seems like it is over before it has even really begun. This was exactly what I needed to set my priorities straight and plan how we can best celebrate the true meaning of Christmas without catering to popular culture. Thank you!

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Merry!
      I have to admit I am speaking from experience here. I have learned that saying “No” has given me the ability to be a better person 🙂 I’m glad this was a timely post for you! Just take time to breathe and stay focused on the meaning. It will fill you with joy! Blessings to you!

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