ok Christmas is over, we just have to deal with lack of money, illnesses and the chill of the weather that comes after it.
I get annoyed at people (often some other Christians) who moan that Christmas is commercialised and we should boycot it or something, often, “oh I think Jesus was born in July or something so Im going to sulk in the corner and ignore it”
I think Christmas is whatever you make it, as a Christian myself I do think its hyped up, you are forced to spend money and forget the real ocassion itself the birth of Jesus.
The company I work for is based in a non-Western country and therefore doesnt celebrate Christmas, but often some of the people mention a casual greeting.
What Im trying to say is you can be a sucker and do whatever people on the television tell you to do, or you can celebrate Christmas in a way that I think Christ himself would approve of.
Christmas cards – sometimes we just send out dozens out indiscriminately to anyone with a generic message in them, instead write an encouraging message to someone whose helped you this year, someone you have only just got to know, you know nothing smalshy just encouraging and genuine.
Go shopping in a market – a traditional market often has different and imaginative things to make getting gifts for people more interesting, if you are buying food from a farmers markets, the goods may often be sometimes cheaper than the supermarkets, and you are getting something made locally and helping your local economy
Midnight mass – visit an old style church service, great, especially if its different from your normal church, often they are not to long, and singing carols and a couple of beers before hand in a pub across the road with a few friends is always good.
Cooking for other people – why not use the season, or after Christmas to do entertaining?