LET'S RECLAIM CHRISTMAS
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A FRESH NEW WAY TO CELEBRATE THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS
For many, the original Christian meaning of Christmas has been lost among the tinsel, revelry and mammon overkill. What still remains can be tinged by nostalgic ritual or even over-familiarity. Where is the birth of our Messiah among this? Where is the clear image of the miracle of the Incarnation? Is there a way to reclaim the core events and understanding among the noise that surrounds it? Or should we just wipe our hands of it and concede defeat to our secular society, which has hijacked it and converted it into a festival of over-indulgence?
There is an important verse, in the Book of Deuteronomy that speaks of the need to tell things of God to future generations:
These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)
In Jewish tradition this has been the basis of the Passover seder night celebrations, where families and friends gather around a dining table to hear the story of the Exodus. It is a hugely effective tool to pass down the story from generation to generation because not only is the celebration centred on a meal, but that all five senses are engaged in the story-telling.
So what about the story of the Nativity? Is there a way we can learn from this Jewish tradition and provide a framework for families and friends to gather around a dining table and hear the story of the Birth of Jesus, using all five senses?
The Christmas Telling is such an attempt, in fact it takes its name from the haggadah (“the telling”), the traditional handbook for the Jewish seder night. It should last no longer than thirty minutes, perhaps longer if someone wishes to give a short message. It is suitable for both children and adults, with fun elements and serious elements and plenty of interactivity.