Allison Richmond is an Arizona native and a junior at Grand Canyon University. She is currently earning her Bachelor of Science in English with an Emphasis in Professional Writing with a minor in marketing. She hopes to use her degree to pursue a career in journalism or advertising in order to share her ideas and creativity with the world. Allison has a passion for writing. She has gotten the opportunity to pursue this passion through writing for Odyssey Online, working on writing research with her professor and writing for the GCU blogs.
Christmas is everyone’s favorite time of year and while it can be extremely busy, it is also lots of fun. In the midst of all the celebrations and parties it can be easy to lose sight of the real reason we celebrate Christmas at all.
While nicely-wrapped presents, glittering trees and delicious foods are exciting, they are not the heart of what the season is all about. Christmas is about Christ. It literally has “Christ” in the name! While many of us have heard the Christmas story over and over, it is important not to become calloused or numb to the beauty and significance of Christ becoming fully man.
We need to remember the true meaning of Christmas, and really give it thought and reverence, because it is part of our story as Christians. So how should we go about keeping the “Christ” in Christmas this year?
Everyone likes to decorate for the season, but what if your decorations could glorify God? This year, maybe you can opt out of the inflatable Santa in your front yard and try a nativity scene instead. Your decorations might not be converting people who walk by, but it will stand out and point those who see it back to Christ.
2. Going to church
Many Christians and non-Christian alike flock to church during the holiday season. While going to church might feel like an obligation, it is vitally important. Gathering with other believers to worship God and hear the Christmas story is a great way to celebrate Christ. Don’t go to church because you have to, go because it is a time to refocus yourself on the most important part of Christmas.
3. Reading the story
Both reading the story in church and reading it on your own are great ways to remind yourself of what we’re really celebrating. Even if you’ve been reading the same story for years, God can reveal new things even through stories you’ve read hundreds of times. Don’t underestimate God’s power to expose new messages through the same strings of words.
Fellowship is so important, especially during the holidays. It is important to fellowship with believers all the time, and no one wants to be alone on Christmas, but fellowshipping with other believers in church or even at a Christmas party can help expel doubt and remind you that you are not alone in your beliefs.
One of the best ways to celebrate Christ this year is to pray. Praise Him for all the blessings in your life and thank Him for sending Jesus to Earth as a man to save us all.
So this year, wherever you are, take a minute to reflect on why we are celebrating Christmas at all, and how we can best glorify God this holiday season.
Grand Canyon University is committed to glorifying God in all things. If you would like to learn more about GCU’s Christian identity and heritage or would like to read more devotionals please visit our website and check out the GCU Blog.