What Completes Christmas?

I guess the answer to this question is quite obvious to everyone (that is, if one stops to consider), but still, most people of the world dive into the thick of Christmas preparations seemingly oblivious to whom they are doing this for and why.

I say this even as I, too, make myself extra-busy with preparations. I have a desire to make everything perfect owing to my type A personality, but this time, I know something has changed within me. A good change for that matter. We put ornaments on our tree, but even as I give instructions on where to put this ornament or that, or how to drape the red and gold chains around it, my mind is busy  contemplating about the shallowness of it all. What are all these glitters for, Lord Jesus, if I had not fully done Your will? What is the meaning of this beautifully adorned tree if I had failed to teach my children things that are close to Your heart, like embracing simplicity and living gratefully?

I have begun to be weary with all the preparations which are becoming more demanding as the day draws nearer. Though I’m excited for the day, I feel there is this heaviness in my soul, like the more I get my hands and mind busy, the more I’m drawing further away from the Reason of it all. And I’m not liking it at all.

For the first time in my life, I’d like to blame the world and the “traditions of men” why we have willingly embraced all that the world has taught us on how to celebrate Christmas. Haven’t you noticed that every year, shopping malls start to decorate for Christmas earlier than the year before? As early as September, we can see signs of “Christmas” in commercial establishments. I lament that Christmas, to the world, has become that. Commercial.

This is the reason why people have unconsciously set up an unwritten standard: how Christmas must be prepared and celebrated. It is like this: Christmas in a home is not complete without a decorated tree, or hanging lanterns, stars, nativity scene on a table, sparkling lights in the front yard, etc. I know people feel the lack and this makes them unhappy. Or, when there is no ham or queso de bola or any other special delicacy on the table for noche buena, but maybe only a loaf of bread. Christmas would seem to be incomplete without these. Why? Because it is a tradition that has been handed down for generations.

People are unhappy if they cannot shop for things they desire and for gifts they want to give. Christmas seems to be a sad Christmas when there are no new clothes or shoes.

These things are not bad at all but they don’t make Christmas complete. We know the answer to that. The Lord Jesus Christ is what makes Christmas complete. He is the reason why we celebrate at all. For what is Christmas without Christ?

This year, I try to veer away from the “commercialism” of Christmas and do my best to be attached to the Lord even as I go on with the preparations. This year, there were lights and decors that were not hung in our home. It’s okay. Potted poinsettias that should sit on tables are not bought. It’s okay. Though the decorating was not completed, I want that our family is complete in Him, not only during this time of the year but throughout the year.

And you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. (Col. 2:10)

We are complete in Him! And our Christmas is complete because of Him.

During the recent typhoon that devastated the southern part of our country, particularly Compostela Valley, many of our brethren in Christ lost their homes. Even the chapel of our Church’s outreach station was not spared. Brethren from the Central Church in Manila did their best to send relief and financial assistance to them with the hopes that they would be able to rebuild what was lost.

But even if a typhoon took their house of worship, their homes and other material possessions, I know that the brethren there are always Christ-filled, and their loss will not be a reason to make Christmas incomplete. For if we have Christ, we really have everything.

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My gratitude list ~ thankful to the Lord for:

21. Beloved husband’s blessed birthday celebration with us at Barrio Fiesta. Precious, precious family moments!

22. Angels all around us – protecting, shielding, ministering to us, as was also testified by beloved Minister Luke Smith.

23. Bougainvilleas in profusion in the garden – gold, purple, white, fuchsia.

24. Beautiful home, grateful hearts, inspired minds —> blessed life!

25. Another powerful preaching in Church on Sunday service: faith-fortifying, love-expanding, life-inspiring!

May our Christmas, friends, be Christ-filled, and our New Year bright, reflecting His glorious light!

I’m linking up with these lovely blogs.

Journey with Jesus,

Comments

  1. Deanne MacBurnie says:

    Thank you sweet Rina for such inspiration today! Thank you for keeping me focused on what truly is important. Bless you and yours during this wonderful time of year <3

    • RinaPeru says:

      Thankful to the Lord for inspiring you with this, Deanne! He is the inspiration behind every beautiful thing. I pray you and your family will have a wonderfully blessed Christmas!

  2. Joanie Qualls says:

    I so agree and have for a few years, sister Rina. The joy of Jesus Christ’s (Yeshua’s) birth and life are the most beautiful there is. Far surpasses all the time and money I spent on extensive decorations thru out the house . The few lights and nativity now can be as meaningful —- speaking of HIM alone for my heart. Thankful for HIM the Light of the World and in my life. “Jesus be the Lord of all the kingdoms of my heart” as the song says.
    Hugs and prayers to you , sister. In Jesus Christ’s wonderful love, forgiveness and holiness for now and for eternity. sister in Christ, Joanie

    • RinaPeru says:

      You’ve been missed around here, Joanie, and your words of love and encouragement :). I trust you had a wonderfully blessed Christmas. Yes, we can have “Christmas” everyday by celebrating Jesus in our hearts and lives even in simple ways, but always replete of love and devotion to Him. For we are now awaiting His Second Coming.

      Blessings and hugs to you, my dear Joanie.

  3. Lory says:

    Praise the Lord po…
    To be honest.. I was feeling low this Christmas because of many things…
    Your blog touch my heart once again po… truly inspiring message.. can’t stop reading it again and again po..

    • RinaPeru says:

      Oh, so very grateful to the Lord Jesus for touching your heart with this, Sis. Lory! Isn’t He so sweet, so caring and just plain thoughtful about our simplest needs! Be glad and rejoice that we are complete in Him!

  4. Lory says:

    God bless you po for sharing~~

  5. Charlotte G. says:

    You are so very right, none of those temporal things really matter…they only serve to distract us from the true meaning – Jesus is the reason for Christmas.

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