Getting in the Christmas spirit means different things to different people. To some it is the excitement of shopping on Black Friday, to others, it is wrapping gifts by the tree. Some look forward to decorating the house and watching holiday movies, while others love the smell of freshly baked cookies for Santa. To our children, Christmas spirit is probably the freedom from school and studying. However, when I hear “Christmas spirit,” I think of getting to spend more time with my family and enjoying the things I have been blessed with.
But what about Christ? Why don’t we think of Him? In our minds, he is often far removed from Christmas. The true spirit of Christmas is not the presents or the decorations, but about giving Christ his rightful place. This doesn’t mean adding more nativity scenes to our decorated lawns or singing sacred songs about His birth—it means having a more Christ-like attitude. Philippians 2:5–8 tells us of our responsibility as Christians to let the mind, or attitude, of Jesus be reproduced in us. This is true, Biblical Christmas spirit.
As Christians, we should exhibit more fellowship, compassion, and care with one another. We need someone to hold us when we stumble, and to help pick us up when we fall. We need to push for a more unified mind and spirit even when we don’t see eye-to-eye. We often associate giving with Christmas, so we should learn to be more self-giving and self-sacrificing. To illustrate, we look at Jesus, and all the things he gave up for us. He gave up the majesty of Heaven and walked along side mortal man. He sacrificed himself on the cross, he suffered the pain and agony—for us.
So, the next time you hear the words “Christmas spirit,” remember what the TRUE spirit of Christmas really is. It’s not something you can buy or get from someone else, its giving Christ his rightful place. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.