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If You Can't Get into the Christmas Spirit

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.

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No Christmas Spirit

If you can't get into the Christmas spirit, you are not alone. Even though you think something is wrong with you because you don't feel like you think everybody else is feeling, you might be surprised to know that you are among millions who just can't get into the Christmas spirit no matter how hard they try.

Some people become depressed around the Christmas holiday because it just doesn't seem like Christmas to them; especially like the happy Christmases they used to know.

Christmas Music

People have been hearing Christmas music and watching Christmas movies since the day after Halloween. There are Christmas songs on the radio, on television, in department stores and every place you go.

No matter how many times some people hear "Deck the Halls" or "Joy to the World," they just don't feel like decking any halls. Even though they are in the world, they just don't feel any joy. To make matters worse, they think everybody else is having the time of their lives while they are miserable.

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Christmas Decorations

Every house in the neighborhood is decorated except the one you are living in. There are candles in the windows and wreaths on the doors. Ribbons, bows, lights, garland, tinsel, and stars are on Christmas trees. Yet, they do nothing for you because you just can't get into the Christmas spirit.

Christmas Cards

Christmas cards come in the mail from people who wish you Merry Christmas and Season's Greetings, but the words on the cards don't warm your heart.

Whether the cards have nativity scenes or a winter wonderland, they just don't make you feel better.

Christmas Shopping

It seems that people are shopping and spending money for gifts for their family and friends. However, you are not motivated to do any shopping at all either at the malls or online. You are just not in a gift-giving mood. Therefore, you save the small amount of money you have to pay bills and you leave the shopping to those who enjoy spending money on clothes, electronics, jewelry, toys, and games.

You tell yourself that perhaps after the holidays are over, you will feel better. Then you remember that you had a similar feeling last year except this year seems to be a little worse than the Christmas before.

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Christmas Movies

You might have been watching movies on the Hallmark Channel for weeks leading up to Christmas. You see the characters enjoying the holiday and talking about Christmas miracles. Every movie has a happy ending with the characters singing "Silent Night" or "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." The music sounds good to your ears, but it does nothing for your heart.

While the credits roll, you wish you could feel like those people in the movie with their happy ending. However, you are left with an empty feeling inside instead of feeling full of Christmas spirit.

Traditional Christmas Foods

Even if you are a foodie, the traditional Christmas foods don't make you feel better. After treating yourself to ham, potato pie, fruit cake, candy canes, fruits, and nuts, you still don't feel better.

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How To Get Into the Christmas Spirit

The best and most effective way to get into the Christmas spirit is to let the Christmas spirit get into you. Surely, the outward things are all around you, but what you need is something to be inside you.

The Christmas trees and other decorations can't give you what you need. The cards you receive are beautiful, but the words must go deep within your heart in order for you to feel the spirit of Christmas.

When you focus on the outward things, you might not ever get in the holiday spirit. When you focus on the real meaning of Christmas, you will feel the spirit of the holy day.

It is good to remember why Christmas is a holiday, but it is the better to remember why it is a holy day. Jesus was born so the whole world could experience great joy for all and not just for some. When you focus on the birth of Jesus, you will be able to sing "Joy to the World" along with others.

How Much Do You Know About Christmas?

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Which category do the following items belong? Christmas tree, garland, tinsel, star, bulbs, lights
    • Christmas music
    • Traditional foods
    • Christmas decorations
    • Christmas greetings
  2. Which category do the following items belong? "Silent Night" "Joy To the World" "O Little Town of Bethlehem"
    • Christmas foods
    • Christmas decorations
    • Christmas music
    • Christmas greetings
  3. Which category do the following items belong? fruitcake, candy cane, ham, potato pie
    • Traditional Christmas food
    • Christmas music
    • Christmas decorations
    • Greetings on Christmas cards
  4. Which category do the following items belong? "Merry Christmas," "Season's Greetings," "Happy Holidays"
    • Christmas music
    • Traditional Christmas food
    • Greetings on Christmas cards
    • Christmas decorations
  5. Which category do the following items belong? jewelry, electronics, clothes, toys, games
    • Christmas foods
    • Christmas music
    • Chrismas shopping
    • Christmas foods

Answer Key

  1. Christmas decorations
  2. Christmas music
  3. Traditional Christmas food
  4. Greetings on Christmas cards
  5. Chrismas shopping

Comments

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on December 17, 2017:

Well said, Tim Truzy! Thanks for your positive and thoughtful comment. Merry Christmas!

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on December 17, 2017:

Excellent article. I have learned to close off the commercial aspects of the holiday, those not derived from my faith, and I enjoy Christmas. That's why I sing "o Little Town of Bethleham" all year long.

The real meaning of Christmas is the "mass of Christ." It doesn't stop with one day. Thank goodness.