Christmas: Celebrating the First Advent of Christ
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
Christmas in Italy
In Italy, the Presepio or crib plays a major part in the celebration of Christmas. Every home, even the poorest, has a Presepio of some kind, and the churches have very elaborate ones. The people place humble gifts of nuts and apples in the hands of the life-sized figures.
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. – I Corinthians 12:4-5
Christmas In Poland
It is a Polish custom not to serve Christmas dinner until the evening star has appeared. A vacant chair is always placed at the table to signify htat a place has been made for the little Child of Bethlehem.
“Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:20
Christmas in Egypt
In Egypt, Christians burn candles,, lamps, and logs in great numbers on Christmas Eve as symbols of “shepherds’ fire.”
You will light my lamp; the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. – Psalm 18:28 NKJV
Christmas in Serbia
Well-to-do families in Serbia keep open house for three days at Christmas, and all visitors–friends or enemies, strangers or beggars–are welcome to come to the table. On Christmas Eve,, the Serbians have a saying: “Tonight earth is blended with Paradise.”
“When you put on a dinner…invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind…. God will reward you for inviting those who can’t repay you.” Luke 14:12-14 TLB
“This is Christmas–the real meaning of it. God loving, searching, giving Himself–to us. Man needing, receiving, giving himself–to God. redemption’s glorious exchange our gifts! Without which we cannot live; Without which we cannot give to those we love anything of lasting value. This is the meaning of Christmas—the wonder and the glory of it.” – Ruth Bell Graham
Freely you have received, freely give. – Matthew 10:8