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Published on December 13th, 2017 | by Rebekah B.

18 Ways To Make Christmas More Meaningful


Christmas is a wonderful time of year filled with secret shopping trips for your family and friends, hot chocolate, tree decorating, snow (if you don’t live on the West Coast as I do), and beloved Christmas songs and carols. But all those things are not what Christmas is about. No, Christmas is more than the commercialism, and while the traditions are nice they are not the essence of Christmas.

Christmas is a busy season, and it’s easy to get caught up in the “fluff” of the most wonderful time of year. It’s easy to forget the meaning that Christmas should bring.

Christmas is about wonder and marveling at the best gift there is…. and that is the gift of salvation. We would be nothing without it, there would be no Christmas without it. This is the time of year that you should be celebrating the precious gift of eternity with Him, the joyous humility of a sovereign King and the abundance of His love. You should be celebrating the Trinitarian love that came to bring Jesus to this earth, so that He may wash His righteous blood across the blemishes of our souls that beg for healing.

This is the season for celebrating the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, and the unstoppable Gospel that shows us how to live our lives for the glory of the cross. We are celebrating the unending grace of a Creator whose love is incomparable, and the redemption of His people that, without Jesus, would be impossible.

This is what we should be celebrating, but the fluff and ooey-gooey feelings that this world encourages and promotes are easy to get caught up in and we easily lose sight of the real meaning of Christmas.

Chrismas is more than the fluff, and if you’ve had a wake-up call while reading this post and are looking for ways to bring the real meaning of Christmas back into your heart, don’t fret! Below are some simple activities that you can do each day leading up to Christmas to ensure that you are making the most of this Advent season.

1. Create a stocking

Get a stocking and fill it up with treats and gifts and place it (or them!) on the doorstep of a family who has lost a member of their family or is unemployed.

2. Make Christmas cookies for your local firehouse or police department

Our firefighters and police officers should not be forgotten this season, and decorated cookies will be sure to bring a smile to their face. Include a note of gratitude.

3. Volunteer

Set aside some time to go to your local homeless shelter or food bank and share the hope of the Gospel with people who so desperately need His word.

4. Write a letter

Letters are fun to receive and the person you are sending it to will appreciate the time you took to write them. Another way to do this is to write a note to each of your family members affirming your love for each individual and hiding them around the house for them to find.

5. Read a book reminding you of the reason for the season

Enjoy these gospel-rich books as they remind your heart and mind of the reason that we celebrate.

Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus by Nancy Guthrie

Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind The Birth of Christ by Timothy Keller

Unwrapping The Names of Jesus: An Advent Devotional by Asheritah Ciuciu

6. Organize a group of carolers and go to a nursing home or children’s hospital

I did this several times, and each time I am so glad I did. To see their eyes light up with joy as we came and sang to them was something I will never forget, and I feel so privileged to have been able to participate.

7. Give a surprise gift of service to your family

Jesus taught us to serve others by washing the disciples’ feet, and that it is better to give than to receive (Acts 20:35). Give an unexpected gift of service to your family demonstrating Christ’s love for us. Clean out a closet for your mom, do your sister’s chores, or take your brother to an activity for your dad (if you are of driving age), etc.

8. Print out or download an Advent reading plan

Here is a link to a downloadable (and printable) Advent reading plan for December, and it makes for a perfect devotional either at night or in the morning before school. You can also make it a family event and do it together before bed or whenever it is convenient.

9. Make a stocking for Jesus

December is the month of gift-giving, and while we all receive something on Christmas day, I have noticed that our Loving Father never does. Hang an extra stocking for Jesus, and fill it throughout the rest of this month with notes of thankfulness and praise to the one who broke through the chains that bound us to a life of sin. In the morning, before opening your presents, read through the notes with your family and ground yourself in the meaning of Christmas before you are immersed in your gifts.

10. Have a yule log party!

In the past, yule logs were burned on Christmas Eve and friends and family would come over and have a night of prayer as the massive log burned. Host a yule log party and host members from your church or youth group, and serve refreshments such as hot chocolate, a log cake, and whatever your taste buds desire.

11. Make a meal for a single, busy, or new mom

A few mommas are a little frazzled this year; make their day by dropping off a casserole or any easy to reheat meals. They will be grateful, and you will feel good about blessing them. A win-win.

12. Pass out Bible tracts at the mall

Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus, and the message of hope, restoration, and life that the Gospel gives. So why not share that message this year? Don’t keep the Gospel to yourself; God’s word is meant to be shared and I can’t think of a better time than this Advent season. The Rebelution has a great article on this topic.

Teenagers, Please Share The Gospel.

13. Offer to help out at your church’s Christmas concert, program, or evening service

Christmas concerts, programs, and Christmas Eve services are the perfect opportunity to serve the body of Christ and give back to your church. Offer to stay after for clean up, run errands, or do whatever needs to be done. Have fun serving others and helping things run smoothly.

14. Write a letter to a missionary

Missionaries who live overseas may not be able to afford to see their family this year, and I would encourage you to write a letter or a Christmas card to let them know you are thinking of them. The time you took to write will make their day, and be sure to include a message of encouragement as they pursue the Cross with all their heart.

15. Invite members from your church or youth group to go on a Christmas prayer walk

Prayer walks are so fun, and a great way to be engaged within your community. And since it is Christmas, why not make your walk festive? Wear light up necklaces, ugly Christmas sweaters, and any other Christmas accessories you would like to add. Pray for your fellow citizens, that they may find the peace that they desire through the power of the cross.

16. Donate to a Christian organization

Why not give the gift of food, water, or medicine to a third world country? The organization that my family and I like to donate to is World Vision, a Christan organization whose mission is change lives by providing wells of clean water, food, medical needs, and animals to impoverished families all around the world.

17. Invite an elderly neighbor or someone who will be alone for Christmas for dinner

Being alone for Christmas is depressing, and no one should have to be alone this celebratory season. Jesus encourages us to open our hearts and doors of our homes to our fellow neighbors and people we know (1 Peter 4:9), so I encourage you to open the door to your home a little wider and embrace them with Christ’s supernatural love.

18. Reflect

Reflect on the reason we celebrate Christmas, on the joy and hope that the Gospel brings. Reflect on the unending grace and patience that God has on sinners like us, and let that motivate you to extend patience and kindness to everyone around you this year.

Reflect on the glory of the Cross, the triunity of God, and the love that He pours out over us each and every day. Reflect on the righteousness of God and let that inspire us to pursue holiness with vigor and determination. Reflect on the perfect life that Christ lived and let that spur us on our journey to self-control and the fruits of the Spirit.

Reflect on the faithfulness of God, and spend time immersed in His word, journalling your thoughts and setting aside time to just be held in His awesome wonder.

This could be the year that you intentionally set aside time to make the season more meaningful instead of allowing yourself to be caught up in the commercialism and worldly things of this earth. This could be the year that you are kinder to your siblings, and family, and this could be the year that you find the true meaning and joy of the Advent season.

Fellow teenager, this could be the year that you draw closer to Christ.


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  • Princess-in-training

    Hey, Rebekah! That was a good article, although I don’t believe in the Trinity, since it is never mentioned in the Bible. But your ideas are great, and I’m planning on taking action in some of them!! Thanks! =D

    • Cricket

      Ooh, opportunity for deep theological discussion about the Trinity…(although I will respect your wishes if you don’t have the time to engage in a discussion during this busy holiday season)

      • Princess-in-training

        Well, I don’t mind a little FRIENDLY debating. :) But you will have to start by refreshing my memory on the whole overview of the Trinity. I do know some certain things about it, but not everything. But remember the friendly part! Oh, and not too deep…lol

        • The trinity is the belief that God is “three in one”; he is one God who eternally exists as three distinct persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We see this all throughout the Bible. In the old testament, God the Father reveals himself to the people of Israel and promises a Messiah. The Messiah who comes is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Thus God the Father sent God the Son down to earth to come and save us from our sins. While Jesus was on earth, he was baptized. At this point, God the Father spoke, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”, and the Spirit descended upon him as a dove. All three persons of the trinity were there distinctly, God the Father, God the Son, God the Spirit. After Jesus died and rose again, he promised the Holy Spirit, our “helper”, who would come and fill us. Once back in heaven, he gave us the Spirit in us. God the Son, Jesus Christ, will return and judge the earth. Then we will live with God, Father Spirit and Son, in peace and joy forever.

          I didn’t take the time to find the references for you, but this is most certainly in the Bible. The Jesus baptism scene is from the gospels–which chapter and verse, though, I don’t remember.

          • Princess-in-training

            Hello, Olivia!
            Thanks for that.
            First of all, what version of Bible do you use? I use KJV and it can be confusing to debate someone when were not using the words, although they are similar.
            Second, I AM going to take the time to find and read those passages. So I’ll get back to you on that part.
            But, may I point our that the word “trinity” is a man-made word that was never mentioned in the Bible? So, please, someone, give me a Bible reference that says anything about the trinity specifically.
            Also, am I alone in this belief? Is there anyone there to support me on this debate??
            I shall return shortly…

          • I know you aren’t alone in that belief, but I think most people on here believe in the trinity. Do you believe in the incarnation? That God came to earth as a baby? “Trinity”, like “incarnate” is a word that we came up with to describe the way God is presented to us in the Bible. The Bible itself doesn’t use the word trinity, but just like God came to earth as a baby regardless of whether he’s called “incarnate” in the Bible, whether or not the Bible presents a God who is three-in-one is not dependent on whether or not our word to describe it was used in the Bible.

            Matthew 3 is the passage I was referring to (I just looked it up.) There are tons of examples of each person of the trinity individually, too, though, and of the Father and the Son. Matthew 11:25 or 16:17 are just a couple of examples of where Jesus claims he is the Son of God the Father. See also John 14:15-17 where Jesus promises the Father will send the Spirit.

            I use ESV, but there are only minor differences in the words. The meaning is the same.

          • Princess-in-training

            Oh, and I’m pretty sure you don’t know what your’e talking about when you say that everybody on here believes in the trinity. There are hundreds of people here, and you know every one of them?
            Yes, I believe in the “incarnation”. Otherwise that would mean that Jesus didn’t come to earth and die for our sins, and we wouldn’t be having this conversation right now!
            I read Matt. 3, and I get how you could think of it in that way.
            First, give me a scripture passage that says “God the son” in it. It doesn’t exist. The Bible says the “son of God”, “son of man”, but NEVER DOES IT SAY gOD THE SON! Hmm, weird!
            Here is a reference for you: I John 5:7 “There are three that bear witness in Heaven, the father, the word, and the holy sprit: and these three ARE ONE.”

          • Saying “Son of God” is basically the same as saying “God the Son” because the idea of him being God’s son conveyed his deity while the fact that he is a Son point to the fact there is a Father, of whom he is the Son.

            And as for my initial comment, I didn’t mean to offend you, I just meant that most likely the majority of the people here believe in the trinity because, from what I’ve seen, this is a group largely made up of conservative Christians raised in a Christian home going to a traditional church, and most people that fit that demographic hold to the teaching of the trinity.

          • Princess-in-training

            That doesn’t make any sense. God the son and the son of god do not imply the same thing.
            The son of God would just be God’s son. God thee son is saying that he is the son of God but also that he is a god himself. I know you said earlier that you don’t believe that the three persons are individual gods, but one god in the form of three, or something to that effect. But think about the phrase “God the Son”. It’s GOD the SON. Therefore it is implying that he is a son of a god, but also a god.
            Sorry, Olivia, got a little carried away with the thing about “everyone believing the trinity”. I was annoyed…and still am a little, but I need to be nice. 😉 I think it depends on where you’re from. From the majority of what I’ve see, I’d say that most DON”T believe in it.

          • Karis

            Jesus was God, therefore he is God. “Son of God” does not imply that he is a god, but is the God. We know that Jesus is God because nobody but God could live a perfect life. We also know he is the Son of God because it says in the bible.
            It may be easier to understand if you read the ESV version. By NO MEANS is this any pressure but I know for me personally I understand a lot better through reading something a little more modified

          • Princess-in-training

            Augh! I hate online debates! You misunderstood me. This is what I was saying: I believe that Jesus was God…duh. BUT, the phrase “God the son” and “son of God” DO NOT imply the same thing. GOD the son (which the Bible never uses) implies that the son is a separate god. But you told me that the trinity says that they are all one god, just in the form of three. Your reasoning doesn’t line up with your explanation.
            The Son of God was, yes, Jesus aka God. They are the same being, not separate.
            Thanks for the suggestion, but I’m doing just fine with the KJV… even if you don’t think so.

          • Princess-in-training

            Also, John 14:6-10- “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him and have SEEN HIM. Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. And Jesus saith unto him, (now watch this!) Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?” So, Jesus Himself is telling Philip that He and the Father are one. Do you believe Jesus’ words?

          • Of course I believe Jesus’ words, just as you believe Jesus’ words, we’re just understanding them differently, or perhaps just communicating our understanding differently. See, I believe that Jesus and the Father are one, in that God is one, there aren’t three separate Gods, there’s one God, and he has three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. I think maybe the difference between you and me is that you’re saying there’s one God and he’s only one person, maybe with three forms or appearing in three versions, while I’m saying God is three distinct persons while yet one God.

            Honestly, though, I don’t think you’ve actually told me what you do believe other than its not the trinity.

          • Princess-in-training

            Yes, so we both believe in Jesus’ words. So, Jesus stated plainly that they are one. Nowhere in the Bible does it refere to God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit as “us”, or “they”, or “them”. I guess I just don’t understand your reasoning behind it.

          • Emma

            I’m terrible at debating, so I’m not going to get deeply involved in this conversation, but God did say ‘us’ in Genesis 1:26 (KJV): “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”

          • Princess-in-training

            Hi Emma!
            True, (I looked it up) although I promise you a comeback! I wouldn’t get too involved if I were you either, especially if you were on my side of the game…no one except Jesus to support you. Not that I take that for granted!

          • Emma

            Hi, Princess. :) Thanks for taking the time to read the verse and hopefully provide a comeback. I don’t know if you are familiar with Desiring God, but some of today’s greatest theologians write there, and I find their way of discussing and expounding on different Bible doctrines very helpful and enlightening. :) https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/what-is-the-doctrine-of-the-trinity I highly recommend you take time to read and think on this article. :)

          • Princess-in-training

            Hey!
            Of course I read the verse. I’m not trying to conform you (or anyone else) to my beliefs, just seeking the truth.
            That sounds cool! I shall “meditate on these things” Lol :D. But you know just because they are “Great” theologians doesn’t mean that they are always right. Don’t take that the wrong way–Thank you for the recommendation!

          • Princess-in-training

            Well, I’m sorry that I didn’t throw all my beliefs in your face at once, especially since this discussion is about the trinity specifically. But, whatever you want to know about my beliefs, go ahead and ask! :)
            And really, this isn’t about me; this is about finding out the truth and what that really means. It’s not about my words, but His. It’s not about what you or I believe, because, whether we believe it or not doesn’t change Him or what He really is.

          • Princess-in-training

            Yes, that’s what I’m saying…I believe that God and Jesus are the same being. When Jesus walked the earth, He was filled with the Holy Spirit.
            Friendly question: how can He be one God and yet be three distinct persons? Where is that in the Bible??
            :)

          • Cricket

            Like Olivia said, ‘Trinity’ is a word humans invented to describe what (some people believe) is portrayed through examples in the Bible. My youth pastor once tricked our group by saying, ‘find a Bible verse that mentions the Trinity,’ and then watched as we flipped through the Bible looking for that nonexistent word:)

            One of the verses he used to support the existence of the Trinity was Matthew 28:18 (KJV) “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”

            In the KJV version (and other versions I’ve read – we have three or four different translations lying around the house) Jesus uses ‘name’ singular, instead of plural.

          • Princess-in-training

            Ok, understood, and that makes sense. MY TURN to ask some questions! :)
            Ok so you believe that god the father is, obviously the father of god the son, right? But in the Bible it says that Mary conceived Jesus in the Holy Spirit…So what, Jesus has two Daddies?? No offence but you argument has no backbone.
            In Deuteronomy 6:4 It says: “Hear, oh Israel, the Lord our God is ONE Lord.” Not three beings, ONE Lord! I’d say that pretty much sums it up. Oh, and BTW there are OVER 50 places in the Bible where it says “He is ONE”! Got a comeback for that one? Do you believe the Bible?? Then how on earth can you believe in the trinity?
            This debate is nothing against you, and I don’t want it to come across that way. :l

          • Karis

            the trinity is not referring to three different gods (you are absolutely right in saying there is only one God and that can find that throughout scripture), but is referring to three forms (sort of) of God- God the Father, who sent Jesus, God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit /Holy Ghost. And what was said about God the Father being the father of Jesus but that confused you because he was born of Mary…maybe this will make more sense.
            Luke 1:27- “to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary”
            it goes on to say (vs. 31) that “behold, thou salt conceive in they womb, and bring forth a son, and salt call his name Jesus”
            So, it states Mary was a virgin who was betrothed to Joseph, not married. God sent Jesus into Mary’s womb. Basically, Jesus has no earthly dad. While Joseph was his adopted dad he wasn’t his blood parent. God was his Father. Jesus constantly calls God his Father, even from a young age. In Luke 2:49, Jesus (as a child) says “wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” ESV translates this to “why were you looking for me? did you not know I must be in my Father’s house?”
            Sorry if that was confusing, I read ESV and was trying to use KJV to make it less confusing for you:)

          • Princess-in-training

            Dude, you didn’t get what I was saying. In Matt. 1:18 it says that Jesus was conceived as a child of the Holy Spirit. But you say that God the Father is God the Son’s (Jesus) father. I know that Joseph wasn’t Jesus’ real father. But if God the Father is Jesus’ father AND the Holy Spirit is his father then…He has two fathers?
            :)

          • Princess-in-training

            Karis, I have a question for you; if there are three persons in the trinity, then which one made this world?

          • Karis

            Genesis 1:1-2 says “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form or void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters”.
            This shows that both God the father and the Spirit were involved in creation.
            It also says in John 1:1 it says “in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God”. So this is emphasizing that the Word was both God (part of trinity) and with God.
            John goes on to say (vs. 14) that “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we have seem his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth”. This is Jesus. Jesus is the word.

            So princess, I can’t directly say who created the world because it was not one form of God or one “god’. It was GOD, all three forms. God the Father was there. God the Holy Spirit was hovering over the waters. God the Son, or the Word was there, with God. They are all God. So my only response can be…God created this earth!

          • Princess-in-training

            Your own verse can be used against you. THE WORD WAS GOD. How does that help your cause at all? Jesus, God, the Holy Spirit, the Word–they are all the same.
            God dwelt among us on earth in the form of a man (Jesus). the Holy Spirit was in Him.
            How can you believe in the trinity? You say “I can’t directly say who created the world…” I CAN. It was God who created the universe, not three dudes sitting up there taking turns. “Here, Holy spirit, you create that tree…Aww, man, I wanted to!…God the Son, you do whatever you want with that plot over there….God the Father, do you want the ocean?” I’m sorry, but it’s ridiculous. Here I add a smiley face so that I won’t look so mean (really, I’m not trying to be) =D :)

          • Cricket

            What follows is a logical argument for the Trinity. (I am aware that, for some, what the Bible says supersedes logic, so this may not be relevant.)

            God is love (1 John).

            Love, in order to exist, requires an object other than oneself.

            Humans cannot be that object because we were created. If an aspect of God’s character is reliant on His creation, then He ceases to be God. (Because we were not there before He created us, He could not be love until He created us.)

            The Trinity fills this gap. God the Father eternally loves God the Son who eternally loves God the Holy Spirit. Because they are of the same being (made of the same stuff), they have always been around to love each other.

          • Cricket

            This argument is not flawless. For example, you may argue that it is not necessarily true that “If an aspect of God’s character is reliant on His creation, then He ceases to be God.” After all, God’s justice and mercy require objects on which to be just and merciful. Furthermore, He would not be the Creator without a creation.

            My purpose, though, is simply to try to explain why some people choose to believe in the Trinity, even when the Bible doesn’t mention the word. For some, the evidence seems to point in favor of the Trinity, but this is not the case for everyone.

          • Princess-in-training

            Uh, yeah, sorry, that was human reasoning and will be “stripped from the record”.

        • Cricket

          Yes, friendly is vital. I’ve been on the side of arguments where I’m the only one defending a particular view, and it can feel overwhelming.

          If you need a break, or decide you’ve heard enough and want to just think about it, please say so. We come together as friends, and we want to leave as friends.

          • Princess-in-training

            Uh-huh…yes, it would be nice to have some supporters, but I have the scripture to back me up.
            Lol kind of a weird comparison, but I get where you are coming from. :) Yes, let’s keep it light. When I get in too deep sometimes I come across as “snotty” and I don’t want that to happen. We begin as friends and we shall end as friends. =D

        • Cricket

          My mom explained the Trinity to me this way, “God is one being (substance), but three persons.”

          A bit like a three-headed dragon, but the dragon loves you and…hmm, comparing God to a dragon doesn’t really work, does it? (trying to keep the discussion light)

      • Princess-in-training

        Oh, and I just read your other post about reading Jotham’s Journey. our family did that one a couple years ago and loved it!! Have you read any of the other ones?

        • Cricket

          Yes! We have Tabitha’s Travels and Bartholomew’s Passage (one for lent), but we never finished B’s Passage (hopefully this year!) I think Jotham’s Journey is one of my favorites:)

          • Princess-in-training

            Same!

    • Hey, just wondering… what do you mean by not believing in the Trinity? What part do you not believe in? And could you support your beliefs with scripture? TheReb is a great, relatively safe place to hash out ideas and wrestle with hard topics. But some context and clarification would be super helpful!

      • Princess-in-training

        Hey, Faye (one of my favorite people I’ve come across on here! ;))!!
        I mean that I don’t believe that god the father, god the son, and the holy spirit are three different beings.
        1. “God the son” is never mentioned in the Bible. As I said further down, it says “son of god” “son of man” but never God the son.
        2. I believe that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are all one…not three.
        3. I wouldn’t believe it if I didn’t have scripture to back it up. Deuteronomy 6:4 “Hear, o, Israel, the Lord our God is ONE Lord.” It doesn’t say “Hear, o, Israel, the Lord out God is three beings.” Is the Bible all truth or isn’t it? In john 1 it says that the Word was with god and the Word WAS God.
        Yes, that’s why I love the Reb! It is safe and the dabaters aren’t as nasty as they could be. Although when we’re talking about people’s personal beliefs, people are bound to get worked up.

      • Princess-in-training

        Also, the bible says that Jesus’ name would be Emmanuel (from Isaiah). Emmanuel means “God with us”. That in itself would prove that God and Jesus are the same beings.

    • *alarms bells ring* HERESY DETECTED RED ALERT

      • Princess-in-training

        Dude, don’t even start.

  • This is such a great list! Thanks Bekah!

  • Princess-in-training

    ouch…

  • Cricket

    Living in the south, I sympathize with your lack of snow. Although, it’s probably a good thing, since people go a bit nuts here whenever it does snow…

    I love your suggestions! One thing my family does every year is read an Advent story book where you read a little bit each night (this year we’re reading one called Jotham’s Journey). It gives our family an excuse to gather in the living room without the TV on and often opens up deep conversations.

    • I’m so glad that you enjoyed this article, Cricket (great name by the way)! I love that your family get’s to do, and look forward to that every year.

      Sounds like fun, and reminds me when my mom would read out loud to me when I was younger. Thanks so much for sharing a special tradition that you and your family partake in, and for your sweet comment.

      Merry Christmas, friend and a Happy New Year!

  • Love this article, Bekah! Excellent ways to make Christmas deep and meaning instead of just being dazzled by the “fluff”. :)

  • Emma

    Great article, Bekah! Thanks for sharing all those great ideas with us! :)

  • Rebekah, this is such a beautiful, thoughtful post! Thank you for sharing!
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  • Princess-in-training

    Sooo…do you guys forfeit or something? I didn’t think you’d give up that easily. :)

    • Cricket

      Hi, Princess-in-training! I was at an out-of-town wedding yesterday, and it seems like I missed most of the excitement in the debate!
      I want to thank you so much for feeling like you can express your views and for being willing to discuss them here. I sincerely enjoyed the chance to talk to someone who has different beliefs from me, yet shares my love for God.
      From what I have read in the discussion, it is clear that both sides believe they rest wholeheartedly on the Word of God, and it is our interpretation of His Word that leads to our different beliefs. It also doesn’t appear that either side will change its mind.
      I know I have absolutely no authority on this site, but I would suggest that we call an end to this debate. So far, both sides have expressed their views with grace, and I believe it is important that we end on a positive note. Friends, and all:) If someone believes it is worth continuing, perhaps we could see about it getting put on the discussion forum?
      I have been impressed with your absolute reliance on God’s Word, Princess – that is a very good place to be in your Christian walk. If you would like, you may consider this a forfeit on my part – although I might step back in if this indeed goes on the discussion forum!
      Thanks again for being open with your beliefs and willing to talk with others who disagree with you. I hope we’re all still friends!

    • Cricket

      Hi, Princess-in-training! I was at an out-of-town wedding yesterday, and it seems like I missed most of the excitement in the debate!

      I want to thank you so much for feeling like you can express your views and for being willing to discuss them here. I sincerely enjoyed the chance to talk to someone who has different beliefs from me, yet shares my love for God.

      From what I have read in the discussion, it is clear that both sides believe they rest wholeheartedly on the Word of God, and it is our interpretation of His Word that leads to our different beliefs. It also doesn’t appear that either side will change its mind.

      I know I have absolutely no authority on this site, but I would suggest that we call an end to this debate. So far, both sides have expressed their views with grace, and I believe it is important that we end on a positive note. :) If someone believes it is worth continuing, perhaps we could see about it getting put on the discussion forum?

      I have been impressed with your absolute reliance on God’s Word, Princess – that is a very good place to be in your Christian walk. If you would like, you may consider this a forfeit on my part – although I might step back in if this indeed goes on the discussion forum!

      Thanks again for being open with your beliefs and willing to talk with others who disagree with you. I hope we’re all still friends!

      • Princess-in-training

        Cricket!! I thought you’d left and I missed you! 😉
        You were the friendliest one on here. Yea, you missed a lot.
        I enjoyed it a lot, too, although it was gettin’ a little rough. :)
        Yes, I agree. Olivia is very strong in her belief and so am I, so I don’t think either of us are backing down!
        Too bad, I kinda wish it could go on…but if you think it might get too hot, then by all means, yes, lets leave on a =D note. I don’t Know what anyone else thinks… How could we continue it on the discussion page?
        Thank you SO much! Likewise, you guys have presented good references and ideas. I’m always up for a good debate. I hope that if this does continue, then you won’t forfeit! :(
        The only comment that truly aggravated me was “Guitar with arms”
        I mean, I didn’t call any of you heretics! I had scripture to back my beliefs up too!!
        Anyway, that wasn’t your fault. :) We’re all friends here!! =D

        • Cricket

          Hi! If you happen to still be on here (I see you posted this 5 minutes ago) please hold while I type…

          • Cricket

            I believe we can email the Rebelution and ask for it to be placed as a discussion question – the guidelines should be under ‘submissions’.
            I’m glad you also enjoyed the discussion! If, at any point, you felt backed into a corner, I apologize. I can also understand why the comment made by ‘guitar with arms’ aggravated you. I don’t know what your future plans are, but if you move, go to college, or otherwise attend a different church, you will probably be exposed to more people who will say your beliefs are wrong. I REALLY hope you don’t use that as an excuse to stay away from church (or the Christian community in general) – not that I think you will, since I have seen how resolutely you can support your beliefs!

          • Princess-in-training

            If YOU are still on here, hold on too ;)…

          • Cricket

            Holding… 😉

          • Princess-in-training

            Sorry, about the wait. 😉

          • Princess-in-training

            Ok, should I do that?
            No, most of the time it was fine. it was just the overall feeling that there was no one to support you. :/
            I have been exposed to other people who believe the way you do, and I am confident that they don’t love Jesus any less than I. I’m hopeful that I won’t either. at the moment, I go to a church that I was raised in, and they almost all believe the same way. :) I love church, and couldn’t stay away from Christian fellowship and worship! Besides, if I am faced with more people like you along the way, it’ll just be more opportunity for debate! 😉 Although I don’t think they will be as nice as y’all have been! 😀 <3

          • Cricket

            I am so glad you feel that way! I look forward to interacting with you more, Princess-in-training, whether in friendly debate or just as friends on the Rebelution :)

          • Princess-in-training

            YAY!!!!!

          • Princess-in-training

            …I could use a friend here…

          • Cricket

            =D friends (hug)

          • Princess-in-training

            <3 *bear hug* lol

        • Karis

          I’m going to back out of this too you guys! Thanks for letting me have this opportunity to have a word-centered friendly debate on this issue! :) If this does become a discussion, you can count on me joining you guys

          • Princess-in-training

            Ok, Karis! and if I sounded like a jerk at any time, I’m sorry. I wasn’t meaning to. :( I’m not sure yet if I’ll try to get it onto the discussion questions…maybe.
            Anyway, thanks for the fun debate!!

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