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The Christmas Story & How to Share it.

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Every year I try to make Christmas more meaningful, build our families traditions and promise myself this year I’m going to simply focus on the real reason for the season. Instead, I end up with a gift shopping list that includes everyone from my kids to 3rd cousins once removed. It includes white elephant and as seen on TV gift exchanges where the gifts will end up in a closet never to be seen again. I’m over scheduled running from one event to the next, rushing through greetings and goodbyes.
Have you ever wondered, is this how Jesus would celebrate? Can you imagine Jesus camping out to get the last Hatchimal for a child that has a play room full of toys? Or picture him rushing out the door of one party to get to the next? 
This year I have been challenged with that thought. I imagine Jesus would celebrate by giving generously, and not so his children have everything they've asked from Santa. I think Jesus would take the time to be true with the people around him not checking his watch to jet off to the next thing. How different would my Christmas look if it looked a little more like Jesus’? 
What if this year I bought less stuff and spent more time with the people I love? What if I gave generously to people and met real needs? What if this year was about quality, not quantity? 
What if sharing the story of Christmas wasn’t told through a play or a book, but it was told by the way we live out our lives this season? 
I was in India this past October and was able to visit the home of Gandhi. One of his quotes was hung above his bed; “My life is my message.” What if this Christmas instead of getting swept away in the whirlwind of busy schedules, traffic jams, and spending we paused we let the Christmas story be told through our actions. Open the door for others to know Jesus because they see his peace and generosity in your life. Tell God’s amazing love story by celebrating Christmas this year the way Jesus would.