December is a time of family, service, and love. It’s the time when the first delicate snowflakes fall to the ground and lights twinkle throughout the city. It’s devoted to celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, although cookies and presents are of course a plus. It’s Christmas!
So allow me to pop the question that’s on my mind… are you in the Christmas Spirit?
I get it, this time of year is pretty stressful; not gonna lie. However, the Christmas season only comes once every year. What are you focused on? School? Work? Presents?
No. Christmas is about one thing: Christ. If you truly want to get something special this year, focus on him. Focus on the things he stands for: service, kindness, and love.
But again, this can be challenging; how and when are we supposed to “get” in the Christmas Spirit? Here are some ideas:
Engage in Service
Christ helped others and so can we. Spread the Christmas Spirit by volunteering, giving donations, or loving/caring for someone. There is no denying that warm feeling that enters your heart when you are looking outward and helping others. It’s powerful to see that sincere look of gratitude on someone else’s face especially when a small moment of happiness appears on yours.
Find a way to help out in your community. There are many ways to do service, even if it is in your own home.
Light the World
Service is the biggest way to bring the Christmas Spirit into your life, but there are all kinds of service you ca do. The Church of Latter Saints created a program that is 100% devoted to bringing the Spirit of Christmas to your life. If you visit lds.org you can click on the Light the World link on the front page that gives you a calendar, giving 25 ways of service in 25 days. Each day has a different way to “light the world” in honor of Christ’s birth and gives lots of ways to help out. For instance: the main theme for the 7th is to feed the hungry, the 8th is to pray for others, and so on.
This is a great way to actively engage in doing something good this season. Feel free to check it out and share with friends and family!
Go Out and Rejoice
One of the best parts of Christmas is the mutual love in the air. There are so many social aspects of growing together as communities, neighborhoods, and families. Try to attend a few Christmas parties or events that are going on this month in order to connect with others and share Christ’s love.
Also, Christmas music is powerful in the season. Many choirs are out and about singing at churches, schools, and other venues. Use this outlet and participate in supporting music that brings the Christmas Spirit and joy. Go caroling too!
Whether or not you follow my list, go out and be part of this wonderful season. Christ is the light of our world, and we should celebrate Him. Go do service, love others, and connect with those around you because during an age where the commercial aspect of Christmas grows larger and larger each year, it is up to us to discover the real meaning of Christmas. And the best way to do that is to follow His example and serve.