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The Christmas lights burn brightly all around as we approach Christmas Day.

Lights on the Christmas trees, lights in the windows, lights in the garden lighting the way…but do they light the way to Bethlehem, and the stable where we find the baby Jesus, Saviour of the world?

All the lights, shining brightly
As the choir of, angels sing
Singing praise, now in the highest
At the birth of, Christ the King

Yes all the lights, are shining brightly
As the choir of, angels sing
Singing praise, now in the highest
At the birth of, Christ the King

Open my eyes; O heart believe
The wonder of, that Christmas night
Be born in me

Sing again, the sacred song of
How that star lit, up the sky
And how this world, lost in the darkness
Felt the hope of, Heaven’s light

Open my eyes; O heart believe
The wonder of, that Christmas night
Be born in me

Tree toppers

Posted: December 14, 2016 in baby, Christmas, quotes, religion
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Yesterday we looked at what the song The Twelve Days of Christmas was all about, and today we’re continuing our Christmas education by looking at what we put on the top of our trees.

So just like yesterday I did some investigation to find out why we put angels or stars on the top of our Christmas trees, and here’s what I found out:

angel-tree-topperThe angel or fairy at the top of the Christmas tree was originally a little figure of the baby Jesus. In late seventeenth century Germany this became a shining angel. In Victorian Britain, little girls would take the angel down after Christmas and dress him in dolls’ clothes. Eventually the angel turned into a thoroughly female fairy, complete with wand. The transformation was boosted by the pantomimes that became popular in the Victorian era – and, naturally, included a good fairy in the cast. 

The star, which forms one of the most important ornaments of the Christmas tree, indicates the guiding star which led the shepherds and the magi to the new-born Jesus Christ in the stable in Bethlehem.

In recent times, stars have become far more popular on top of Christmas trees, rather than angles. So much so that many retailers no longer even stock angel tree toppers these days, but instead only sell stars.
star-tree-topper

Whether you have a star or angel at the top of your Christmas tree this year, remember that both where originally placed there to remind us of that first Christmas Day, and the birth of Jesus.

 

I love the above song by Steven Curtis Chapman – It’s called All In The Heart and I find it reminds us exactly what Christmas is all about…

No, it’s not in the snow that may or may not fall
And it’s not in the gifts around the tree
It’s in the love heaven gave, the night our Savior came
And that same love can still be found wherever you are
‘Cause Christmas is all in the heart
And the joy can still be found, wherever you are
‘Cause Christmas is all, all in the heart It’s all in the heart

 

Christmas shouldn’t be about how many presents we get, how much we decorate our homes or how much we eat or drink, it should always be about Christ!

So how do we ensure our Christmas is all about Christ? We must have Christ in our heart because when Christ is in our heart, we will always be assured of finding joy in every situation.

How do you know when it’s Christmas time?

Here’s some things that may be tell-tale signs for you:

  • Christmas puddings, turkeys etc all start going on sale at the supermarket
  • The shops start offering deals to “deliver before Christmas”
  • Your neighbours start putting up their Christmas decorations
  • You receive Christmas cards and present from family and friends
  • You start singing Christmas carols at church
  • You hear a Salvation Army band Christmas carolling
  • 

Any of those sound familiar? The only thing I would say is that I for one certainly would use the shops as a guide to when it’s Christmas time as they seem to start selling Christmas goods earlier and earlier every year – This year it was early October that I saw the first Christmas decorations and presents in a shop!

But are these really the true signs of Christmas?

Mother Teresa once said the following:

‎It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you…yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand.

Beautiful and so true.

Please follow Mother Teresa’s guide and show your fellow brothers and sisters God’s love just by giving them a smile.

Share a smile this Christmas!