Guest Post // My Goal This Christmas

Hey all!

I’m so excited to share this wonderful guest post with you. I’ve already read this post several times, and I just love it. Sarah has such wonderful thoughts on this upcoming holiday season. I (Hadassah) can’t honestly wait to start celebrating Jesus’ birth. Sarah’s post reminded me to really keep the CHRIST in Christmas…

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It doesn’t take long to see it’s that kind of season again that we call Christmas. Glittering trees and sparkling fairy lights. “Jingle Bells” playing in every shop and Santa Clauses sitting at every corner. It is easy to feel the “Christmas vibes.” But, is this what Christmas is supposed to be? 

Recently I read an article questioning if people have made Christmas into a greedy season. We live in a broken, egoistic world, so it is no wonder that this celebration has been messed up. More and more Christmas is becoming all about who has the most beautiful Christmas tree, gets the best gifts, etc. Christmas has become a competition of who has the most Instagram-worthy December. 

Shops compete with each other about who sell the most Christmas baubles, or who can display chocolate candy calendars first. (Am I the only one who finds it strange to be able to buy them in September?) Christmas has become a business.

Okay, you might think. But that’s not us. We’re all good Christians! We know what Christmas is all about and we celebrate it the right way. Or do we? Well, that’s the question.

We know what the true meaning of Christmas is. We know what we celebrate on the 24th and 25th of December – our Savior came to this Earth. But is that really what we put our focus on? When I think of myself, I have to admit that I do not always treat it that way.

Do I light the candles because they remind me of the true Light of the World, or to create a “Christmas-y atmosphere?”

Do I give her that present because I want her to think well of me, or does it really from the heart?

When I read the Christmas story, which I can almost recite by heart, for the hundredth time am I secretly relieved when I finally come to, “But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19, ESV)

Am I aware that this is about a world-changing point in history? A point where God shows his love in an incredible way?

At Christmas, the history of mankind was completely turned upside down. Am I truly aware of this? Or do I just do the “right motions” of this celebration without thinking about what it’s all about?

This year it is my goal celebrate Christmas mindfully. To not just do what I always do, without thinking about it, but to really consider why I am doing this. This does not mean that I cannot bake a single Christmas cookie without it having a “spiritual meaning.” No, it means that as I go about the everyday Christmas traditions with the true meaning of Christmas in mind: It’s not about the Santa Claus in the shopping center. It’s not about the presents under the Christmas tree. No, it’s about grace, a huge sacrifice and incomprehensible love.

~Sarah R.

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Sarah Susanna Rhomberg is a sixteen-year-old child of God, who lives in Europe, and is fluent in both English and German. Besides writing she spends her free time reading, practicing her instruments, or doing crafts. She is involved in children’s ministry, which she enjoys a lot. Sarah wants to live her life for Christ and writes to glorify Him.

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