Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Keep Christ in Christmas

In a time when all things religious are being discouraged and swept away, it’s refreshing to know that the Order sponsors the “Keep Christ in Christmas” campaign to remind people that Christmas is above all a holy day celebrating the birth of Christ. Keeping Christ in Christmas is keeping the very heart and meaning of the Christmas celebration alive. At Christmas we honor the birth of Jesus Christ. At times our Savior is forgotten in the commercialization of the season and the rush to get ready for holiday festivities. Each year the Knights of Columbus takes a leading role in reminding society that Christmas is first and foremost a holy day. One of the best ways to do this is participating in the Order’s “Keep Christ in Christmas” campaign. Here are some of the things we are doing:
•Urge all members to display a nativity scene on their property or at their place of business if they can.
•Resist the temptation, even when you’re in a rush or short of space, to abbreviate “Christmas” as “Xmas.” Reducing Christ to an “X” trivializes the message of the season.
The Best Presents Can’t Be Wrapped
This holiday season give the gift of yourself within your council, community and family. Give these or similar presents of friendship, understanding, kindness, love and compassion:

•Serve or prepare meals at a soup kitchen.

•Bring presents to children or elderly people in the hospital.

Clean, repair and refurbish a church in a poor neighborhood.

Visit someone who’s shut-in.

•Send a Christmas card to someone you have not seen or talked to in years.

Invite a friend or neighbor who will be alone to share your Christmas celebration.

•Reconcile with a friend or relative with whom you have quarreled. Apologize if you were wrong.

•Provide transportation to shelters for homeless people.

•Wish people you meet a good day and a happy and holy Christmas.

•Get the family together to clean out all the closets and dressers. Donate usable clothing, shoes, blankets and other items to a program for needy families.

•Send care packages to military personnel stationed overseas.

•Sing Christmas carols at nursing homes or hospitals.

•Collect baby clothes, blankets, food, diapers or money and donate these items to an organization that helps needy people.

•Supply car seats or cradles to underprivileged mothers.

•Sponsor a drive for children to donate their old toys to youngsters.

•Be a part of the holiday spirit by undertaking one or more of the items listed above and help make Christmas merry for someone else and yourself.

Remember to keep Christ in Christmas: See video below!

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