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How to Make Jesus Christ the Focus of Christmas

By Mormon.org

Have you noticed that’s it’s hard to keep Jesus Christ the focus of Christmas?

Between putting up decorations, buying presents, mailing Christmas cards, and baking Christmas goodies, it’s difficult to find time to sleep let alone focus time on yet another person. Difficult—but not impossible. So while most stores and TV ads won’t make Jesus the focus of their Christmas messaging, with a little thought and effort, you can make Christ the focus of your Christmas.

Read about the Birth of Jesus Christ

Christmas is the time of year when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. His birth story is often referred to as the Nativity or the Christmas story.

You can feel closer to Jesus as you learn more about His life. On Christmas Eve or Christmas morning, read the story of Jesus’s birth (see Luke 2). If you have kids, invite them to act out the story or set up a nativity display while you read the story.

Serve Those around You

Jesus taught, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (see Acts 20:35). Help those around you through small acts of kindness. Here are some ways to serve:

  • Deliver homemade Christmas cookies to neighbors.
  • Take a meal to someone who has been sick.
  • Buy presents for a family in need.
  • Clean a friend’s house before his or her family comes to visit for the holidays.
  • Help a neighbor with yard work or household chores.
  • Volunteer at a local soup kitchen or homeless shelter.
  • Visit a children’s hospital.
  • Run an errand for your spouse.

Jesus didn’t have an easy life, yet He devoted His life to loving and serving others. We can keep our focus on Christ during the Christmas season by acting like Him.

Focus on Gratitude

Jesus has done more for you than anyone ever will. He gave His life for you so you can repent, be happy despite your challenges, and ultimately receive eternal life. Taking time to read about and remember all Jesus has done for you is one way to show your gratitude for Him.

The following are some other easy ways to focus on gratitude this season:

  • Write one thing you’re grateful for each day in a gratitude journal.
  • Focus more on recognizing and thanking God for your blessings rather than just asking for things.
  • Create a habit of saying thank you for every big and small thing someone does for you.
  • Make a rule that anytime you complain you need to say two things you’re grateful for.

It’s been said that “feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” We all have something to be thankful for. Make sure you wrap and give your gift of gratitude this year.

Listen to Christmas Songs

During the Last Supper, Jesus worshipped by singing a hymn (see Matthew 26:26–30). Like Jesus, you too can worship by listening to Christmas hymns. You can keep singing and listening to “White Christmas” and all the other Christmas classics; just add some religious Christmas hymns to your Christmas playlist this year.

How will you keep Christ in Christmas?