Making Christmas Merry

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas 2011 provides a powerful opportunity for everyone wishing to live the true meaning of Christmas. Americans are some of the most generous people on earth. Citizens of Spokane, Washington have proven time and again that they are exceptionally generous. The economy this year has had a dramatic effect on the tone of the holiday in many homes. People who have always celebrated in abundance are now cutting back or going without. Not just are members of the middle class learning to tighten their belts, but the numbers of those without homes is continuing to swell. Statistics of those in need are reported regularly. Such statistics create an opportunity for the more blessed majority to make Christmas merry for themselves and the multitude less fortunate. There are plenty of people who truly need help, this year even more than last. Each member of any family who feels blessed this Christmas should make a conscious commitment to give part of what may have been given to each other, to someone or a family in greater need.

Often gifts are given because the exchange is expected. What if as a group your family did something for a needy person or other needy family? You will truly be amazed how much more fulfilling your Christmas will be. The giver and the gifted both will find Christmas more fulfilling.

The joy of Christmas season is best exemplified when Christ is kept in Christmas. I once had someone tell me how to keep joy in Christmas. I was told to think of joy as shorthand for the priorities of Christmas: Jesus first, Others second, and You third. JOY. If we all remember that order I’m sure more Christmas joy will be had by all and we will make Christmas 2011 merry.

Thanks for reading and blogging!

Dr. James G. Hood

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