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Everyone has there unique ways to spend the Christmas period. For me, Christmas has always been family time. When I was younger, I  loved the open fire, and this love is something that has stayed with me throughout the years. Sitting watch films with a glass of homemade ginger ale reminds me of my childhood.

For many, it can be a very stressful time; people get into massive debt. Debt which can loom over them until March. Christmas is not about, spending more than you can afford, just to impress people you already know love you.

Today I decided to write a blog post on the five essential things that you need to do this Christmas period, so you feel the genuine spirit of Christmas.

One
Christmas is a time to reach out; God is counting on you to be his messenger where ever you go. I see many people walk straight past homeless people, instead go over and encourage them; buy them a hot coffee. When you do this, you just released God’s grace into that person, and also everyone that witness your act of love.

Two
The most valuable present you can give is to be present for someone. Call a friend who is discouraged, tell them you are thinking about them and remind them there are better days ahead.

Three
Be careful you don’t forget the real meaning of Christmas, which is summed up in John 3:16, God loved us so much that He gave His Son, Jesus so that we can have eternal life. Christmas is a time to celebrate Jesus main message which was, love and forgiveness. Forgive someone that has hurt you.

Four
Spend time with family, listen more than you talk. The family is our foundation, and although often the hardest relationships, they are ones we need to feel secure.

Five
Last but by no means least, put up feet up. After spending weeks running around getting everything prepared, it’s vital that we take the time to relax and reflect and be thankful. No matter how bad thing may seem, take the comfort that there are those worst off.

I wish you a Merry Christmas.
Rev J Martin

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