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Rethinking Christmas

"The story of Christ's birth is a subversive story of an upside-down kingdom. It's a story of promise, hope, and a revolutionary love that is still changing the world to this day. So, what happened? What was once a time to celebrate the birth of a savior has somehow turned into a season of stress, traffic jams, and shopping lists. And when it's all over, many of us are left with presents to return, looming debt that will take months to pay off, and this empty feeling that we somehow missed its purpose.

Is this what we really want out of Christmas?

What if Christmas became a world-changing event again by turning our focus back to the birth of Christ? What could happen to your family if this focus was celebrated in loud, bold and totally unexpected ways? What if you could actually trade your season of stress for a season celebration and unbelievable memories with your friends and family? What if all of this could save a life at the same time? It can." | Advent Conspiracy




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20 comments:

  1. We are definitely going to be doing some of this this Christmas! We have been guilty of buying things just to have a gift in the past and now see how wrong that is. We are making a lot of our gifts and being more creative in the process. Great post!

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  2. We are crazy different with our Christmas celebrations. I did a series about it last year on my blog, 'cuz it's just SO fun! I'll be highlighting some of that again this year, for sure.

    http://sweetmummy.lifewithchrist.org/page/christmas-series-2007.html

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  3. It is sad to say that Christ has been taken out of Christmas. We as a people have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas. Your post is awesome and what a pleasure it was to read! Well done and bless you!

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  4. Thanks for sharing this. I will repost it and of course link you up with it..soon.

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  5. Christ removed out of Christmas = X-mas ;)

    http://www.imrah.org/2007/12/christmas-god%e2%80%99s-peace-treaty/

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  6. I love this thought. The contrast between the original reason for Christmas and the consumer frenzy it has turned into is bewildering.

    For so many people Christmas is now a time to dread, to worry about, instead of looking forward too.

    I think it would be great if we could get back to the essence of Christmas: the birth of Jesus Christ.

    Even if it is tough on Santa.

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  7. One thing I have done to keep Christ in Christmas is to always, always wish store clerks "Merry Christmas". In many stores, they are directed to only say Happy Holidays. In my area, there are many who are saddened by this, but need their jobs, so they comply. And there are many for whom Christ was never in their season to begin with.

    Good post.

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  8. The phrase "Keep Christ in Christmas" is the most inane thing a Christian can say. Evidence of a Christian that is totally unawares of the real origins of the holiday. Saturnalia is the holiday you are protesting about here, and i wrote an article last xmas about it.

    http://ragingrev.com/2008/08/17/to-macon-telegraph-a-letter-to-the-editor-regarding-christmas/

    feel free to comment on it. If you want more sources on that information check out this website:
    http://www.pocm.info/

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  9. Thanks for taking the time to share that information with us Matt. I have read about this before. I am not sure why it would matter if Christ followers in the early church took a pagan holiday and converted it into a celebration of their new faith in Christ. It makes perfect sense to me as a believer in Christ that they would change many things about how they lived including their "holidays". Christianity is all about conversion and transformation. Turning what was once against God into something that brings glory to God is exactly what happens to a person who believes in Jesus. As one looks to Christ things change in their life, yet they are the same person -their priorities change, their relationships change, their whole outlook on life changes. Becoming a believer in Jesus changes everything ... even our holidays.

    To a follower of Christ keeping Christ in Christmas is absolutely vital. Without Christ there is no reason to celebrate. For a non-believer I would not expect them to even want to celebrate Christmas. Actually I would prefer if they didn't. I would prefer that they celebrate Saturnalia.

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  10. Thank Brad. I had a post on the Advent Conspiracy this summer and I think I need to repost it so I don't forget it. Tony

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  11. Hi - That was amazing! It was so beautifully done...It is soooo on target about our materialism. We have become so superficial and hunanistic, to the point that the true meaning of Christmas is none existant. There are literally people out there that do not know that special story of the baby Jesus. We must continue on with the fight against principalities...Bye

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  12. Every time a birthday celebration was ever mentioned in the Bible it was always under negative terms! Also no where did Jesus ever say to memoralize his birth or for that matter his ressurection. He only said to remember his death. Isaih 5:20

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  13. An upside-down Christmas tree to me is Anti-Christ. So glad you posted this article as it is so true. Everyone forgets the meaning of Christmas. Being creative, I make most of my gifts, they are from my heart and my hands. To me, my gifts are more meaningful and I don't go into debt. Thanks again for a wonderful post!

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  14. Anyone have some ideas on some great relational gifts? I added a sidebar to this blog with some great ideas from rethinkingchristmas.com ...

    By the way this blog started last year as a relational 'stocking stuffer' to my family.

    Thank you to all who took the time to read and comment. Other ideas for relational gifts?

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  15. Hi, you got a nice blog. Thank you for visiting mine. I hope you don't mind if I add your blog to my list... :)

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  16. Christmas definitely isn't the way it used to be. I've never done the buying everybody-and-their mama-gifts thing. I only buy for my mom, grandma, and hubby. I'll add my one year old to the list next year. No one cares about the meaning of Christmas anymore. It has become so commercialized. Decorated trees and ornaments were in the stores last month. Come on, can we get through Thanksgiving first? I definitely agree with you. We need to go back to basics with Christmas.

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  17. Check out "Weird Christmas" over at "It's Ok to be WEIRD". There are some great ideas for celebrating Christmas with Christ as the focus.

    "We do Christmas very differently at our house. Some say it's very WEIRD - we just say that we're very intentional about how we celebrate the season. ..." more on "Weird Christmas"

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  18. Great idea about rethinking Christmas. Last year I created a 'Memory Box' for one of my sons. He had divorced and his ex moved 1,000 miles away taking their little girl. I had some pictures, (since she took all), a notebook filled with pictures he drew and she colored at age 3, and some other mementos. Believe me, I could not have gave him a better gift if I spent a million dollars on him. It was a tear-jerker, to be sure, but one that was much appreciated.

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  19. Thanks for the comment. Your blog is actually the one that lead me to my post. I couldn't remember the name, so I didn't link.
    God Bless and thanks for giving me a little light in this stressful time.

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  20. very meaningful. the thought behind one of my post - Fast Approaching and I Want to Run Away! it's a sad thought that people celebrate Christmas with commercialism.

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