In Search of the Christmas Spirit

Dec 20, 2012, 3:35 PM |

AS THE Christmas season approaches, songs,

films, and TV programs promote a jolly and exciting

holiday mood—the Christmas spirit.  What do

you think should be the most important element of

that spirit?  Would it be

˘ Remembering Jesus Christ?

˘ Sharing in the joy of giving?

˘ Helping the needy?

˘ Spending time with family?

˘ Promoting peace?

As Governor Henry, quoted below, put it, many

who celebrate Christmas find it difficult to achieve

any of those goals during the holiday season.

Christmastime often tends to be hectic, stressful

and, above all, commercial.  Is cultivating the Christmas

spirit—or at least what it is supposed to be—a

lost cause?

The Bible does encourage all of us to remember

Jesus Christ, to be liberal in giving, to help the

needy, and to spend time with our families. It also

teaches us how to be peaceable. Therefore, rather

than discuss why some do not celebrate Christmas,

this series of articles will consider the following


˘ What do some feel should be the reason for

celebrating Christmas?

˘ Why is it a challenge to achieve what they

hope for in Christmas?

˘ What Bible principles have helped millions to

find something better than Christmas?

For the Scriptural reasons why some people decide not to celebrate

Christmas, see the article “Our Readers Ask—Why Do Some

People Not Celebrate Christmas?” on page 10.

In Search of the Christmas Spirit

“It’s easy to get caught up in the hubbub of the season.

Holiday traditions become tasks to check off a list, time

with family and friends can be cut short by busy schedules.

The joy we should experience is sometimes obscured by the

stress we do experience.”



DECEMBER 23, 2008.