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Jesus must be at the center of the Yule season

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By Fr. Joseph, MIC (Dec 13, 2011)
There are numerous ways to celebrate Christmas and the coming of the Christ Child. First and foremost is to keep the Christmas season and the day itself centered on the birth of Jesus.

We share this delightful list published in the December 1980 edition of Marian Helpers Bulletin by the Marian Fathers. It was originally sent to us by a Marian Helper named Julia Brodigan:

• Try to go to Mass each day.

• Try to offer compliments generally in family and daily life.

• Limit criticism of others.

• Think often of the Holy Family and try to imitate them.

• Remember to say "thank you" to everyone — from the janitor who cleans your office to a loved one who washes the dinner dishes.

• Make sacrifices during the Advent season in honor of Christ's birth.

• Make at least one special offering to your parish in December.

• Visit the elderly and sick.

• Bring into daily situations matters that have spiritual significance. For example, share with someone what Christmas means to you.

• Offer some special service to your parish for Christmas such as singing in the choir or helping to decorate the altar.

• Do some Christmas caroling.

• Volunteer time to a worthwhile organization.

• Write a letter, make a phone call, or send an e-mail to a friend with whom you've lost touch or a family member you don't often see.

• Have a crèche at the center of your Christmas decorations.

• Invite a fallen-away Catholic to join you at a Christmas Mass.

• Pray the Rosary.

• Talk about the meaning of Christmas with children.

• Read the Holy Bible or some other spiritual book.

• Remain cheerful in spite of seasonal stress or problems.

• Thank God for the many blessings He has given you this year.

• Remember that Christian perfection, not money or success, is the most important thing in life.

• Think first about "the other guy" and last about yourself.

• Above all, remember that Jesus is the reason for the season.

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