The Reason for the Season

Make it a tradition to give to those less fortunate. Decorate residents' doors in a nursing home, participate in a Toys for Tots or similar program. Encourage older children to save a part of their allowance during the year for this purpose, and match that amount.

Invite someone to share in your family's celebration.

Read the story of Christmas (Luke 2:10) with your children. Reflect on how different Christmas traditions evolved from this story: gift giving, angels, carols and stars. Maybe even bake a birthday cake for Jesus!

Attend midnight or Christmas day church services as a family. Nothing brings out the true spirit of Christmas quite as much as celebrating with friends and neighbors.

For those with the true spirit of Christmas, all its glitter and shine are just the icing on the cake; the true joy is within. If you take away the parties, lights and Christmas trees, the reason for celebration would still remain.

-- Christina Mattoni

"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." (Luke 2:11)

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