5 Amazing Ways to Keep Jesus in Your Christmas Celebrations this Year

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Christmas is more than the twinkling lights, the cheerful carols, and the warm wishes. It is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the savior of the world. As Catholics, it’s essential to ensure that our Christmas celebrations are centered around Him. Here are five incredible ways to do just that.

1. Attend Mass on Christmas Day

Celebrate the Eucharist

The most direct way to celebrate the birth of Jesus is to attend Mass on Christmas Day. The Eucharist is the “source and summit of the Christian life” according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 1324). When we participate in the Mass, we are joining in communion with Jesus, honoring His birth, sacrifice, and the hope He brings.

“For by the consecration of the bread and wine there takes place a change of the whole substance of the bread into the substance of the body of Christ our Lord and of the whole substance of the wine into the substance of his blood.” (CCC 1376)

This is not just a symbolic act but a real encounter with Christ. By attending Mass, we center our celebrations around Him.

2. Nativity Scene Display

A Visual Reminder

Setting up a nativity scene in our homes is a beautiful and traditional way to remember the birth of Jesus.

“And she gave birth to her firstborn son; she wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.” (Luke 2:7)

This scene is a visual reminder of the humble beginnings of Jesus, born in a manger, coming to the world to save humanity. By placing a nativity scene in a prominent place, we make sure His presence is felt in our homes during the festive season.

3. Advent Preparation

A Period of Waiting

Advent is the period leading up to Christmas. It’s a time of preparation and waiting, reflecting on the coming of Jesus.

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means “God is with us.” (Matthew 1:23)

By observing Advent, lighting the Advent candles, and perhaps using an Advent calendar, we can prepare our hearts and minds for the celebration of Jesus’ birth. It helps us focus on the true meaning of Christmas amidst the bustling holiday season.

4. Charity and Almsgiving

Extend God’s Love to Others

Christmas is an excellent time to remember the less fortunate and extend our hands in charity. Jesus teaches us the importance of helping others.

“Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:40)

The act of giving, especially to those in need, reflects the love and generosity that God showed humanity by giving us His son. By engaging in acts of charity, we are putting our faith into action and keeping Jesus at the heart of our celebrations.

5. Christmas Carols with Meaning

Praising through Song

Christmas carols can be more than just catchy tunes; they can be a form of worship. Selecting carols that focus on the birth and mission of Jesus allows us to praise Him through song.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” (Colossians 3:16)

When we sing or even listen to these carols, we are reminded of the miracle of Christmas and the gift of Jesus.

In summary, the beauty of Christmas lies in its profound spiritual significance. As Catholics, it’s crucial to navigate through the commercial and secular aspects of the season and focus on its true meaning: the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ. By incorporating the practices mentioned above into our celebrations, we can ensure that He remains at the heart of Christmas.

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Note: While content aims to align with Catholic teachings, any inconsistencies or errors are unintended. For precise understanding, always refer to authoritative sources like the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Always double-check any quotes for word-for-word accuracy with the Bible or the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

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