4 Ways to Turn the Holiday into a Holy-Day

Holiday

The line snaked around the inside of the building. Angry voices raised in protest as people jostled to maintain their spot. An argument broke out over a popular toy down one of the aisles. This did not feel like the Christmas holiday.

Music blared overhead, and I stopped as I heard the words of the John Lennon song, “So this is Christmas.” I deeply sighed as I realized this is what Christmas has become for so many of us, it was no longer a Holy-Day.

  • Anger
  • Frustration
  • Dread
  • Waiting
  • Wanting

All of these negative feelings now dominate this season of joy.

What happened to change our hearts from celebrating Christmas as a sacred event into a commercialized experience? How did the day go from a Holy-Day to just a holiday.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah 9:6 NIV

Holy Day

Isaiah prophesies about the birth of Jesus in this verse above, and his words hold such beauty within them. They offer a glimpse of the real meaning of Christmas as it describes Jesus.

Christ will be called –
Wonderful
Mighty
Everlasting
Peaceful

These words provide such a contrast from the chaotic holiday season we experience today.

Reread the Bible verse –  does calmness settles over you? Do you sense a change in your spirit? I do.

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The Wonderful Counselor

This descriptive term echoes a peacefulness, which is lacking in our Christmas season today. My vision of a wonderful counselor sees a loving God sitting next to me as He listens with a caring heart. His presence offers comfort. This babe in the manager will be the eternal hope as His wisdom guides our steps on the path of life.

“This also comes from the LORD of hosts; he is wonderful in
counsel and excellent in wisdom.”

Isaiah 28:29 ESV

Mighty God and Everlasting Father

When Isaiah wrote these words, unrest, and wars filled his world, much like our world today. The Jewish people of that day looked for a mighty warrior to come and save them from those who sought to destroy them.

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Instead, the King of Kings arrived as a tiny baby. His true nature lay hidden under the swaddling clothes in the lowly manger.

This Mighty God, Creator of the universe and every living thing, left His throne in heaven to come to earth. He came to teach us love and peace.

Much of the world missed His message because they looked for a warrior God. Jesus offered life eternal with Him. A gift to those who accepted His message. He calls us to love and live in peace with our neighbors. It is still a radical message today.

 “But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.”

Luke 22:69 NIV

Prince of Peace

Ah, peace! My soul longs for God’s peace in my life and world this Christmas season. I long to spend time in a church lit only by candles, sing the old, traditional carols, and feel God’s presence settle the busyness of my heart.

I want to make memories that will last longer than any gift I could buy for my family.

Peace is the thing the entire world desires but does not know how to find.

Jesus gives lasting peace to His people.

He gives peace for today, peace for Christmas and peace for all eternity.

“Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:7 NLT
Making the Holiday a Holy-Day

Make time for the Peace of Christ to invade your Christmas season this year.

  • Schedule quiet family time.
  • Read the Christmas story as a family.
  • Share the Love of Christ with a lonely neighbor.
  • Give back to your community.

I wish you a Merry and Peace filled Christmas.

Blessings,

Yvonne M Morgan, #Blogger, #Speaker, #Writer

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

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26 thoughts on “4 Ways to Turn the Holiday into a Holy-Day

  1. Such a great post and so very needed this time of year. The idea that a holy day can cause so much pain, anger, frustration, etc., is heartbreaking and completely opposite of the very point of the occasion. And yet so many of us struggle with this. Here’s to keeping the HOLY in the holiday.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Amen and thanks Jessica. Wishing you a blessed Christmas.

    2. Great message! Christmas has become less about Christ and more about consumerism and commercialism. May we get back to the first Christmas when the Prince of Peace came!

      1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
        Yvonne Morgan

        Amen Karen. Wishing you a blessed Christmas

  2. “Christ offers hope and peace for a Holy Day instead of just a holiday.” Enough said! Jesus is the reason for the season. If we reflect on Him during this season it will change our whole perspective. Thanks for this reminder.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks S. A. Wishing you a blessed Christmas.

  3. Melissa McLaughlin – From an early age, the beauty of nature and love of family pointed me to One who is greater, the Creator and Lover of my soul, Jesus. My writing is inspired by His Word and His Spirit. During the most desperate times of my life, I learned to use scripture prayers to be my voice when I had no voice. To find out more about my passionate prayer journey, check out my book "In Dark of Times When Words Fail, Voice of Jesus Pray for Me." Follow along and join me in this journey of loving Jesus!
    Melissa McLaughlin

    Yvonne, this message is so very beautiful. Thank you for sharing and reminding us to step back, pause and experience the joy and peace of Christmas, the birth of our Savior. It was soothing just to read your words, scriptures and real-life application ideas. May God bless you and yours with the peace of Christ!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Melissa. Wishing you a blessed Christmas

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Ava. God bless and Merry Christmas

  4. The enemy certainly does a good job of distracting us this time of year, doesn’t he? It’s my goal to focus on Jesus every single day and meditate on these different characteristics you have written about. Thanks for the reminder!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Yes he does. Thanks Emily and wishing you a blessed Christmas.

  5. Marcie Cramsey – Culpeper, Virginia – Marcie Cramsey who has been a Children's Minister/Leader for over 30 years lives in Fredericksburg, Va. Her number one passion is loving Jesus Christ. Second to that is her family. She will say that filling the roles of wife and mother is the highest honor that God has allowed her to fill. She spends her days serving others, reading, writing, and hiking and biking (when weather permits). She has been married for 30+ years to her best friend, Dan. They both have four wonderful grown children. Marcie recently published a book for parents, titled "Deep and Wide: Raising Children Deep in Jesus and Wide in Influence." This book teaches parents how to raise their children through relationship. It's been called "the most unique parenting book written." You can purchase this book at Amazon and Westbow Press.com.
    Marcie Cramsey

    it is sad that people are missing out on the true meaning behind Christmas. They long for hope, peace and love, but by rejecting Jesus, they live without. Great article!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Amen Marcie and God bless

  6. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    All great ideas! We’re entering this holiday season with so much change in our lives, sickness, and strife. I want to find a quiet place to recover and to sit in God’s presence. Thank you for sharing this, Yvonne!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Melinda. Wishing you a blessed Christmas

  7. Stephen – Maine – Stephen, an Air Force veteran, runs a ministry called Friends Helping Friends, which reaches out to communities with food distribution, youth ministering and the Word of God. He wrote his first published book in 2010 and followed with a study guide for his book in 2011 titled "Acts the Next Generation". In 2011 he graduated from the Apostolic Training Ministry School where he now teaches his course, "Acts the Next Generation" as well as Adult Bible Study. He is a licensed Minster through Celebration Center in Fort Fairfield Maine and his goal will always be to continue to show the world Christ through his walk each day. Stephen and Barbara Lewis have been married since 1991 and have a heart for the Lord and love blessing others physically and spiritually. They live in Maine and have two wonderful children Samantha and Steven, A wonderful daughter In Law Victoria, as well as one Grandchild Xavier whom they Love all of them dearly.
    Stephen

    Amen Sister great post and so very important. We will definitely be doing as you suggested this Christmas Season and beyond. God Bless You and Yours

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Stephen. Wishing you a blessed Christmas.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      I agree and thanks. Wishing you a blessed Christmas.

  8. Nancy E. Head – United States – Writer and teacher Nancy E. Head was a single mother with five children under the age of 14 when she attended Penn State to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her career took a journalistic turn from radio news to newspaper reporting, then education before she returned to the classroom to secure a master’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently an instructor at Penn State Altoona and Great Commission Schools, she also spent two summers teaching English in Asia and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. When not teaching or writing, she restores antique quilts, crafts projects for her grandchildren, and helps her husband lead a small group at their church devoted to ministering to the needy in their community.
    nancyehead

    It’s so sad how Christmas can get lost in the negative aspects of busy-ness, materialism, and rushing around. Thanks for these reminders of how to keep Christmas holy. God bless!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Yes it is sad Nancy. Thanks and wishing you a blessed Christmas.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Great. Thanks and wishing you a blessed Christmas

      1. authordlv – Christian writer, author, blogger. Visit my site at https://www.stephendelavega.com.
        authordlv

        Oh, it’s so easy to ignore Jesus at Christmas time, even though we know it’s about Him. Four is, we enjoy refocusing on Him fore a moment, then move right along into opening gifts. I will do what I can to keep our focus this year. Thank you, Yvonne.

      2. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
        Yvonne Morgan

        Wonderful Stephen. We are trying to keep Christ in our Christmas too. Thanks and God bless.

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