Gold, Mrryh, and Frankenstein.

Last night at sunset, Daddy read us the Christmas story. (Luke 2) When he got to the part of the wisemen, he asked, "What were the three gifts the wise men gave baby Jesus?" Victor popped up and answered, "Gold, Myrrh, and Frankenstein!" He then proceeded to ask questions about how many wise men had gone to see Jesus, and when I burst into giggles he looked at me funny. He didn't notice. "Frankincense," We corrected. 

Today I won't be posting a devotional, I thought I'd simply share a few texts about the way Christmas may be celebrated. 

 

“The Day Is Not to Be Ignored.--As the twenty-fifth of December is observed to commemorate the birth of Christ, as the children have been instructed by precept and example that this was indeed a day of gladness and rejoicing, you will find it a difficult matter to pass over this period without giving it some attention. It can be made to serve a very good purpose.” 
Adventist Home pg. 479

The 25th of December has long been commemorated as the day of Jesus' birth, and . . . it is not my purpose to affirm or question the propriety of celebrating this event on this day, but to dwell upon the childhood and life of our Saviour. It is my purpose to call the attention of the children to the humble manner in which the Redeemer came to the world.” TDG 352 

“Let not the parents take the position that an evergreen placed in the church for the amusement of the Sabbath school scholars is a sin, for it may be made a great blessing. Keep before their minds benevolent objects.” AH 483

“God would be well pleased if on Christmas, each church would have a Christmas tree on which shall be hung offerings, great and small, for these houses of worship.”
 {RH, December 11, 1879 par. 15} 

“I see no objection to placing even in our churches a Christmas or New Year tree bearing fruit in gifts and offerings for the cause of God. We may thus take advantage of the occasion to turn the customary gifts of the season into the right channel. And such a holiday celebration is a useful lesson to our children, teaching them to bestow their gifts in a manner to honor their Redeemer.” ST January 4, 1883

 

“The tree may be as tall and its branches as wide as shall best suit the occasion; but let its boughs be laden with the golden and silver fruit of your beneficence, and present this to Him as your Christmas gift.”

{RH, December 11, 1879 par. 16}  

“Seek to be an evergreen tree. Wear the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. Cherish the grace of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness. This is the fruit of the Christian tree.”
{My Life Today 51}

“I entreat you, my brethren and sisters, to make . . . Christmas a blessing to yourselves and others. [The birth of Jesus] was celebrated by the heavenly host.” 
{Reflecting Christ 359}

 

May in this Christmas give Jesus the present He asks, "My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways."

 

  

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