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I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last few months, and today, as the title of this blog post suggests I’m going to give you another one, but this time all about Christmas! So as usual I’m going to throw some words at you  and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read each word.

So here goes…

1. Jingle bells

2. Secret Santa

3. Who is He?

4. Joseph

5. Party

6. Snow

7. Cracker

8. Christmas Film

9. Chimney

10. Snowman

So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

1. Santa

2. Presents

3. Jesus Christ

4. Father

5. Work

6. Fight

7. Rubbish jokes

8. Elf

9. Stuck!

10. Irn Bru

Were any of your answers the same as mine? Did any of my answers confuse you? Did any of your own answers confuse you?

I’ve said in previous word association posts that I find I get a bit stressed when I’m doing them as I put a lot of pressure on myself not to over think my answers! Are you relaxed when you do them or do you find it stressful too?

I still believe that when we respond with the first words that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state, and what’s important to us at that particular point in time.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

I chose some words you’d always associate with Christmas but I hope they got you thinking a little more about what Christmas means to you. As you may have gathered from my answers, Christmas for me is all about Jesus, and celebrating his birth.

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last few months, and today, as the title of this blog post suggests I’m going to give you another one, but this time all about Christmas! So as usual I’m going to throw some words at you  and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read each word.

So here goes…

1. Nativity

2. Christmas tree

3. Carol

4. Bethlehem

5. Santa Claus

6. Christmas day

7. Christmas message

8. Food

9. Reindeer

10. Holiday

So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

1. Jesus

2. Decorations

3. O Come All Ye Faithful

4. Stable

5. Presents!

6. Family

7. Jesus

8. Over-eating

9. Rudolph

10. No work!

Were any of your answers the same as mine? Did any of my answers confuse you? Did any of your own answers confuse you?

I’ve said in previous word association posts that I find I get a bit stressed when I’m doing them as I put a lot of pressure on myself not to over think my answers! Are you relaxed when you do them or do you find it stressful too?

I still believe that when we respond with the first words that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state, and what’s important to us at that particular point in time.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

I chose some words you’d always associate with Christmas but I hope they got you thinking a little more about what Christmas means to you. As you may have gathered from my answers, Christmas for me is all about Jesus, and celebrating his birth.

It’s two days to Christmas, and I’m sure we’re all trying frantically to make sure our homes are ready for Christmas and all the family who will descend on us. But have you stopped to think of those who have family members who won’t be home for Christmas this year, and how empty their home feels to them this Christmas:

  • Some may have family who are serving in the armed forces somewhere;
  • Some may live hundreds or even thousands of miles away from their families;
  • Some may have lost a loved one to illness or old age in this last year, so may be alone;
  • Some may simply have no family to share Christmas with.

So spare a thought this Christmas for those who may not be finding Christmas such a joyous occasion, as for them Christmas may just be reminding them of their loneliness.

For those of you awaiting the arrival of loved ones this Christmas, cherish them and enjoy your celebrations together, as you are fortunate to have family to share this special time with.

…A time for families

…A time for celebrations

…A time for giving

…A time for parties

…A time for Christ

I must admit to being disappointed by a number of conversations I’ve heard in these last couple of weeks – These conversations have all been about Christmas, but not about Christ-mas, but instead about all night partying, drinking to excess and then suffering from a hangover for a day or two afterwards.

I’m sorry if I sound like a party-pooper because honestly I like a good party as must as the next person, but come on, what is it about Christmas that make people think it means they have to drink to excess and become so f=drunk that they can’t remember much, if anything, about their night out, and feel really ill the next day…or two!

no christ no christmasAs well as this, I’ve also been disappointed by the number of people who, when talking about their Christmas, have focused on everything and anything apart from celebrating the birth of Jesus. Even when someone has mentioned about church or chapel, they’ve talked about it as if it’s a chore going to church and that they only go at Christmas out of duty, not because they want to celebrate the reason for the season.

The reason we celebrate Christmas is because of Jesus, so please, this Christmas don’t get too caught up in partying and presents that you forget that if it hadn’t been for Christ, we would not have CHRISTmas!

 

The Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and Santa Claus a fun and harmless fiction, or a pointless justification for lying to children?

We try to raise our children to know the difference between right and wrong, truth and lies, and yet during their formative years we lie to them without a second thought by telling them wonderful, elaborate stories of, for example, how Santa manages to get into our houses when we have no chimney without forcing entry into our homes. Doesn’t it all sound quite farfetched when you read it like think?!

Don’t misunderstand me, I’m not actually saying I disagree with us creating a bit of mystery and magic in our children’s lives, as after all life can be full of hardships and struggles, that a little good luck and mystery isn’t necessarily bad is it?

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I do however think we must be careful just how far we take these magical stories so that we can easily explain the difference between reality and make-believe when our children get to an age when they can understand the difference between these two things.

What are your thoughts on this?

Sadly while looking for some pictures to use with this blog post I have come across a number of pictures which suggested the that God and Christ should also be added to this list of make-believe people. That I find very sad and quite upsetting. It just reminds me that we as Christians have a huge job on our hands to educate and teach the world that not everything we cannot see is fake.

God isn’t harmless fiction, He is real and He is Lord, so let’s educate the world this Christmas.

So that’s Christmas over…the presents have all been opened the food prepared and eaten…so what now?

In the last couple of weeks leading up to Christmas I’ve talked about Christmas, and what Christmas is really all about…Christ. So now that Christmas is over does that mean we should just forget about Christ until next Christmas?

Definitely not!

Christmas is the time of year when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and the impact His time on earth had on the people He came into contact with as well as the millions that have become believers in God since then too.

Celebrating Christ’s birth is just the start of the celebrations, as there’s so much more that Christ did during His time on earth that we must celebrate. So in celebrating Christ’s birth, this should just be the start of a long celebration of Christ and all that can be achieved by becoming a believer in God.

Why not make this Christmas season the start of a new and exciting life for you, celebrating Christ’s life and learning more about His love for each one of us.

Christ coming to earth makes a difference to me, does it make a difference to you?

This Christmas season would not exist if Christ had not come to earth, so in recognition of this I’d ask you to spare a few minutes of your busy Christmas Day to give thanks to God for sending His son to earth to live amongst us.

Yes, it was many years ago since Christ came to earth, however His message is just as relevant today as it ever was, because God is here with us now,and every day. It’s not too late to give your life to Christ, in fact what better day to commit your life to God that the day on which we celebrate the birth of His son Christ.

Luke 1:76-78 (NIV)

And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven.

I pray you have had a blessed Christmas, and have experienced the love and peace that can only be found when we have a relationship with Christ the King.

Merry Christmas – I hope Santa was good to you all!

A few days ago I read the following somewhere:

If we allow the kill-joys to stop us from celebrating as Christians then we might as well all give up and go home.

…but should we allow other non-believers to spoil Christmas for us?

Definitely not!

There’s so much talk these days of discrimination against various groups of people or their ethnicity. But here’s a thought for you…do you feel Christians are discriminated against?

Personally I think that indirectly, yes, we are. However I think in many instances it’s done unintentionally…but that still doesn’t make it right! I think everyone is almost over eager and too sensitive to the beliefs of others that we forget this country is traditionally a Christian country, so please, please, please let us celebrate the birth of our Saviour this Christmas and every Christmas.

Don’t let non-Christians stop you from celebrating the true meaning of Christmas this year.

Bellshill Salvation Army Band and Songsters were out at Calvary Church in Motherwell tonight, and Olwyn Mathie sang the song Hallelujah Light Has Come, and I was really touched by it, and wanted to share it with you so here’s BarlowGirl singing this song – I’m just sorry I don’t have a recording of Olwyn singing it.

Where do I start with this one?

Well there’s Christmas carols of course and then there’s the Christmas songs which seem to get more and more every year.

Now Christmas carols I can cope with as they are all about why we celebrate Christmas and what Christmas should mean to every one of us. Then there’s all these other Christmas songs, the majority of which have nothing to do with the real meaning of Christmas and tend to be all about Santa, presents, snowmen, reindeer etc.

Don’t get me wrong, I do like a good Christmas song, but why oh why must the shops start playing Christmas music constantly from about October right through till the new year!? It drives me nuts! Not just the fact that it’s constant Christmas music, but that there’s usually very few, if any, Christmas carols played in amongst all the Christmas music.

Christmas should be all about Christ and the real reason we celebrate Christmas. Please take some time this Christmas to listen to some Christmas carols as well as some other Christmas music – Just remind yourself of the true meaning of Christmas.

One of my favourite Christmas carols is Angels From The Realms of Glory – I hope you enjoy the following performance of this carol:

So it’s nearer Christmas. Two weeks today Christmas will be over and we’ll all be complaining that we’ve eaten too much on Christmas Day and that we spent too much money on Christmas presents.

Are you all organised for Christmas? We’re not! we’re still got quite a few presents to buy and we’ve still to write our Christmas cards too. But we are all organised for Christmas Day…hubby, my Mum and Dad and me are all going out to a hotel for our Christmas dinner this year to save us having to make it ourselves. We will also be heading over to see my Aunt for a few hours before we go for Christmas dinner too.

Every year I always find Christmas kind of sneaks p on me. i.e. About 6 weeks before Christmas I start thinking about all the things I need to buy etc, but before I know where I am it’s two weeks before Christmas and I’m nowhere near organised!

What about Jesus, have you thought about Him yet this Christmas? If it wasn’t for Jesus we would have no Christmas…tha clue is in the name Christmas.

It’s good to give and receive cards and presents at Christmas time, and spend quality time with our family and friends, but we must never forget that Christmas is all about the birth of Jesus Christ over 2000 years ago…Jesus IS the reason for the season!

When A Child is Born by Il Divo: