I received a letter today…

It was interesting, but I’m not sure I agree with it.

Dear Children,

It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking My name out of the season.

Maybe you’ve forgotten that I wasn’t actually born during this time of the year. It was some of your predecessors who decided to celebrate My birthday on what was actually a time of pagan festival, although I do appreciate being remembered anytime.

The problem with that is that it doesn’t matter when you celebrate someone’s birthday. It only matters that you celebrate it. You can’t exactly celebrate it if you can’t talk about it. I celebrated my birthday, for the first time ever with the man who became my husband, in June. My birthday is in March.

Also, by not allowing “Merry Christmas” we are being ignored. It is okay to say “Happy Hannukah” or “Happy Kwanzaa” but not “Merry Christmas?” Obviously, we can still say Merry Christmas. But since that is the MAJOR holiday of the season, it seems rather ridiculous to ignore it.

Plus, for most Americans, even some Christians, Christmas is a secular holiday, not a religious one. I grew up in a Christian family and we never celebrated Christmas as Jesus’ birthday. It was always about Santa and magic and presents.

How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily understood by those of you who have been blessed with children and grandchildren of your own.

I don’t care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate My birth, just GET ALONG AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER. …Now, having said that…let Me go on…

Absolutely. I do think Jesus would say that.

If it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn’t allow a scene depicting My birth, then just get rid of a couple of Santas and snowmen, and put in a small Nativity scene on your own front lawn. If all My followers did that, there wouldn’t be any need for such a scene on the town square because there would be many of them all around town.

If it bothers you…. Meaning it probably doesn’t?

I am all for nativity scenes in the yard. I’d say at least three of my 70 neighbors have one up. (Which indicates that, indeed, the holiday is mostly secular.)

Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday tree instead of a Christmas tree. It was I who made all trees; you can remember Me anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if you wish…I actually spoke of that one in a teaching, explaining who I am in relation to you and what each of our tasks were. If you have forgotten that one about the vine, look up John 15:1-8.

Yeah, on the vine. But the ONLY people who celebrate with a tree are celebrating Christmas. Wouldn’t it be a bit ridiculous to call it something other than a Christmas tree? Yes, it would. It’s PC gone crazy is what it is. I think that if folks want us to buy their Christmas trees, they should call them Christmas trees.

If you want to give Me a present in remembrance of My birth, here is my wish list; choose something from it:

1. Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way My birthday is being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to soldiers away from home. They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year. I know because they tell Me all the time.

2. Visit someone in a nursing home, not just during Christmas time, but all through the year. You don’t have to know them personally. They just need to know that someone cares about them.

3. Instead of writing “George” complaining about the wording on the cards his staff sent out this year, why don’t you write and tell him that you’ll be praying for him and his family this year…then follow up. It will be nice hearing from you again.

4. Instead of giving your children a lot of gifts you can’t afford and they don’t need, spend time with them. Tell them the story of My birth and why I came to live with you down here. Hold them in your arms and remind them that I love them.

5. Pick someone that has hurt you in the past……and forgive him or her.

6. Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take their own life this season because they feel so alone and hopeless? Since you don’t know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a warm smile; it could make the difference.

7. Instead of “nit-picking” about what the retailer in your town calls the holiday, be patient with the people who work there. Give them a warm smile and a kind word. Even if they aren’t allowed to wish you a “Merry Christmas” ,that doesn’t keep you from wishing them one. Then stop shopping there on Sunday. If the store didn’t make so much money on that day, they’d close and let their employees spend the day at church and at home with their families

8. If you really want to make a difference, support a missionary — especially one who takes My love and Good News to those who have never heard My name.

9. Here’s a good one. There are individuals and whole families in your town who not only will have no “Christmas” tree, but neither will they have any presents to give or receive. If you don’t know them, buy some food and a few gifts giving them to the Salvation Army or some other charity which believes in Me. They will even make the delivery for you.

10. Finally, if you want to make a statement about your belief in and loyalty to Me, then behave like a Christian. Don’t do things in secret that you wouldn’t do in My presence. Let people know by your actions and words that you are one of mine.

Absolutely. I’m doing 1, for 70 soldiers who are in Iraq for Christmas. I am also doing 4 and 8 and 9. I think number 10 is the basic plan forever.

Don’t forget; I am God and can take care of Myself. Just love Me and do what I have told you to do. I’ll take care of all the rest. Check out the list above and get to work; time is short. I’ll help you, but the ball is now in your court.

No one thinks taking Christ out of Christmas means Jesus is in trouble. But it does seem to be a slippery slope to not being able to talk about Christianity. I don’t care what the Constitution says, it is how people interpret it that matters. It IS a big deal. Maybe right this Christmas it isn’t as big a deal as it will be eventually, but if we let it go now, it will go on and quite possibly really change what we can do as Christians.

And do have a most blessed Christmas with all those whom you love…and remember……I LOVE YOU!

Jesus

To those of you who have read this far, may you also have a most blessed Christmas with all those you love.