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A Different Kind of Christmas

Posted by 3D-Outreach on 30 January 2008

For years it has bugged me that we have conformed to the world view of Christmas. When I look at Christmas I see none of the wonder of God made flesh. I see only materialism and greed. It has become nice to give each other gifts; to the point where we are all busy preparing our want lists months before December. “You better watch out, you better not cry, …Santa Claus is coming to town!” What are we most concerned about on Christmas day? The turkey? The ham? The guests? The gifts? Putting up with old uncle Ed’s ramblings?

What is Christmas really about?

Given my feelings of discontent, which are shared by my family, we, that is my family, decided to do things differently this year. To start our own tradition where we turn Christmas into something more than what it has become. So instead of buying each other expensive gifts we pooled the money we would have spent on those gifts and looked to find someone whom we could bless. This was done in recognition that Jesus came to this earth not to be served, but to serve.

We spend an awful lot of money on Christmas gifts, don’t we? So it was that my family had quite a decent sum of money available for our gift. My brother, who is the Minister at the Ladybrand Methodist church, found a local orphanage in Ladybrand that had a need. They needed school equipment for their children. The biggest need being Scientific calculators. With a father who owns a stationery shop this seemed a natural need to meet. A few days after Christmas we, as a family, went down to the orphanage and handed over the school goodies, including the much sought after scientific calculators. Hopefully by doing this we have helped make this year a little easier for them.

Christmas should be a time for us to reflect on the enormity of the creator God becoming part of his creation. It should be a time for us to reflect on our lives in the light of Jesus’ life. It should be a time for us to renew our focus on serving one another.

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