Ten Commandments For Christmas
1. Thou shalt not leave “Christ” out of Christmas. Thou shalt not replace the King of Kings an X. For far too many people this X represents an unknown. Declare Him plainly.
2. Thou shalt prepare thy heart for Christmas. Spend not so much effort on gifts, decorations and feasts that the need of thine own soul be forgotten.
3. Thou shalt not let Santa Claus replace Christ, thus robbing the day of its spiritual reality. Thou shalt not bear false witness to thy children.
4. Thou shalt not burden the shop clerk, the mailman, the merchant or thy co-workers with complaints and demands. Thou shalt count thy blessings each day and not sigh longingly that Christmas be past.
5. Thou shalt give thyself with thy gift, thereby increasing its value an hundredfold. Thus he who receiveth thy gift shall treasure it forever.
6. Thou shalt not value thy gifts according to their cost. Even the least expensive may signify love, which is more priceless than silver and gold.
7. Thou shalt not neglect the needy. Share thy blessings with those who will go hungry and cold unless thou art generous.
8. Thou shalt not neglect thy worship services, but in them thou shouldst strive to bring forth the true meaning of the season.
9. Thou shalt not be worldly-wise; yea, rather thou shalt humble thyself to receive the kingdom of Heaven as a little child.
10. Thou shalt not only bring thy words of praise, but above all thy heart, to the Christ child this holiday season. Thou shalt ever keep Him at the top of thy Christmas list.
If thou doest give heed to these commandments, thou shalt have a blessed Christmas; and peace, which shall be both for thee and thine household.
I’ve adapted the above Commandments from an old “Our Daily Bread” reading; the original author of this list is unknown.