Sunday, 29 July 2012

Don't touch my Christmas Tree!!!

I grew up in a non-Christian home and every year we celebrated Christmas.  The tree was up, glittering and flashing weeks before.  Gifts started piling up and my brother and I would try 'feel' and guess what they were.  The grandparents came through on Christmas Eve, Grandpa handed out the gifts as he was the oldest.  We'd eat snacks and sweets and then my brother and I would go to bed VERY VERY early because Father Christmas would come in the night and fill our stockings with goodies.  We'd wake early Christmas morning, shred our stocking gifts, have a big lunch and generally enjoy the day.


Then.... I became a Christian!  Until I left home Christmas remained the same.  And of course Easter was about easter eggs in every shape, size and form.

But as the years went on and being out of the parental home, being a young wife in a Christian home, and then a Christian mom to little ones my view of Christmas changed!  So now, yes I love the tree and twinkly lights because of all my fond childhood memories.  I still hang up stockings for my teens (smiley face).  But I've modified it.  The tree frames the nativity scene (which I knitted myself - yeah baby).  We choose to see the gift giving as a celebration of the birth of Christ our Lord and Saviour!  We make sure the purpose of Christmas is a celebration of Christ and not just a gift giving holiday.


And Easter!  the focus is so much different now.  All about God's amazing grace, His miraculous power, and His boundless love for us.

Now, what is the point I'm trying to make?

Rom 14 v 5-6(a):  One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike.  Let each be fully convinced in his own mind.  (6a) He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it.

I am learning I can't convince anyone of my beliefs and convictions.  God is the only One who convicts us.  Those spiritual "light bulb" moments come when God speaks into your heart, not when someone else tells you your way is wrong or my way is right!

We are not to judge others for what or how they do things.  We are to seek God and ask Him to search out our own hearts (Ps 139 v 23) and follow as He leads us.


So if you celebrate Christmas with a tree or without, if you celebrate it at all, or not, so long as you are doing it as unto the Lord and are fully convinced - we should not be judging each other either way.  Its between you and God ONLY!

God bless
Tracy

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21 comments:

  1. Sweetly worded, with kindness and wisdom, Tracy! We like to start listening to Christmas music...now- in Summer. Our favorite music!

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    1. Hi Dawn - thank you for your sweet words. I appreciate it. Christmas music can be very cool
      God bless friend
      Tracy

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  2. Love your post, would love to know what prompted it too though. You keep me guessing!

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    1. Hi Stefanie - LOL, not sure but its an indication that I indeed do think still. See you in the parking lot
      God bless
      Tracy

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  3. My experiences are similar, Tracy, except my mom became a very committed Christian when I was in high school and she started adding some special meaning to holidays. But I enjoyed creating new traditions with our family as well...traditions that centered on the real meaning of the holidays. This is an interesting Christmas in July post : ) Probably a better time to think these things through than in the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Gail

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  4. I love your message today. Christmas, Easter and just plain ol' days are so much more when we know Christ Jesus. Everything around us takes on a new meaning as we take on a new life. Have a great week!

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  5. I know what you mean about not being able to convince anyone else to believe a certain way...or to do things the way "I" think they should be done! That is a lesson that I actually learned very the first part of the month. All we can do is pray that whomever needs to will be open, and listen to, the right way...God's way.

    Personally...I love those "light bulb" moments from the LORD!
    HE is awesome!

    Thank you for posting this.

    Blessings friend...Chelle

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  6. Talented lady; LOVE the knitted Nativity scene; beautiful! Although I love the family traditions and sparkling lights of the Christmas holiday, the most important thing is to praise and glorify our Lord...a BIG tradition! However you do this, is as you said....between you and God! :) It is all about our wonderful Savior!

    Blessings sweet Tracy!
    Denise

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  7. "I am learning I can't convince anyone of my beliefs and convictions. God is the only One who convicts us." I'm learning the same thing, Tracy!

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  8. Once again...Another awesome post!!!

    Blessings my sweet friend~
    Stacey

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  9. I am sure there is much behind this story, seeing a dear woman who has learned to love everything about Christmas. As you pray for your family, He will be faithful in every way. Blessings to you today, Traci!

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  10. Hi Tracy! Enjoyed your post!

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  11. "I am learning I can't convince anyone of my beliefs and convictions."

    So true!

    One of the things I've learned to like about blogging is the ability to share my perspective without arguing or debating with others about their perpsective.

    Great post!

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  12. Feels like Christmas in July here! So glad that you've received the greatest Christmas gift ever ... Jesus Christ. Thank you for your ministry of words in this place. You matter to God, and you matter to people.

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  13. Thank you Tracy for sharing your story at "Tell Me a Story." I love the way you celebrate Christmas and Easter. I allowed my children to dye easter eggs, but we did not give and receive the large easter baskets with bunnys and candy. We always had and have a tree and stockings, but again remember the true meaning. We also celebrate Birthdays and I am glad you so gently did not judge those who do not. I liked your scripture selection too.

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  14. As time has gone on, I do less on Christmas, unless it focuses only on our Lord. Very few gifts any more. LOTS of nativity scenes, including a very large one. I want HIM focused. The tree is usually put up around T-giving and comes down in mid-Jan to mid-Feb. Don't want it gone too soon, b/c I love the lights and the rejoicing.

    So glad for you. Such a blessing is placed in your home and your heart for your dear ones.

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  15. So many things happening in the States right now -- a lot of judgmental words flying -- from the left and right. And to stop here and just listen to your sweet words - oh, it brings me peace.

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  16. This is a perfect post with everything going on right now. We all needed to hear this. Thank you friend. Thank you for linking up too. :)

    Blessings~
    Shari

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  17. What a cute little nativity! At our house Jesus birthday falls in the middle of a lineup of four other birthdays of the six of us. It's kind of cool because it keeps our focus on Him instead of the holiday. :)

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  18. thanks for sharing.

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