Whenever December rolls around or even after Halloween is over, people start getting into the holiday season and seem to even forget about Thanksgiving. It is a season filled with joy, love, and kindness. As the days pass by and that date is coming up, people are trying to find the perfect gift, matching pjs or onesies, and figuring out who is going to be hosting this year. You probably know what I am referring to by now, and, YES it is Christmas. Although there is nothing wrong with getting into the spirit and figuring all of these fun activities out, it is important to keep in mind especially as Christ followers, why we are celebrating this special day.
Christmas is actually derived from “Christ’s mass.” It is held on December 25th and ends on January 5th. This is actually where the song 12 days of Christmas comes from. It is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus and even though he wasn’t actually born on this day, the church many centuries ago chose this specific date to celebrate it. The colors used are white and gold. Their symbolic meaning are the following: purity, joy, celebration, and richness. I feel like these colors do have a great representation of what Christmas is, and like I mentioned earlier, it truly is a time of exceeding joy, laughter, and fellowship.
Creative ways to celebrate Christmas in an evangelical setting are by having people sing a special song, having a children’s choir/musical, and a candlelight service. In fact, my church has had all of these activities and have been a blessing to even be part of them because there is so much beauty in having everyone celebrate Jesus’ birth. First, having people participate for a song, gives them the chance to share the talent the Lord has given them and even share a testimony. Some songs that are an anthem during this time are the following: Mary, Did you know?, O Holy Night, Silent Night, and Joy To The World… just to name a few (they are even played before Thanksgiving haha). Second, having a children’s choir/musical is so heartwarming because it is so precious to see the next generation serve. Third, having a candlelight service is so special because it is a time of continuing to be reminded that Jesus is the light of the world. Moreover, having that moment as one body is so crucial because we carry that light with us everywhere that we go. There are many other ways to celebrate Christmas but these are some that have impacted so many people.