Did you ever wonder who dreamed of Christmas in July? Come to find out it began about 84 years ago at a girls camp in North Carolina, it included Christmas Carols and a Christmas tree, along with the exchanging of gifts and fake snow made of cotton. These types of celebrations still go on today.

We have so much to celebrate as we enter into this holiday season

We often hear it said “Let’s not forget the reason for the season” however let’s take it a step further and say” Let’s celebrate the reason for the season everyday “

Each day we can be filled with joy and gratitude as we remember the greatest gift we’ve received. His name is Jesus.

Mathew 1:21-23:  She will give birth to a son and you will give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophets The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son and they will call him Immanuel (God with us)

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John3:16)

All who have received Jesus as their Lord and Savior can daily be filled with the Joy of our Salvation and find ways to bring joy to others.

Think about it… Christmas is all about the joy of giving. We celebrate Christmas because of a loving heavenly Father who loved us so much, that he gave the most sacrificial of all gifts. He sent his own son in the form of a babe, who would give his life as an atonement for our sins.

One of my favorite Christmas Carols is “Joy to the World” and this song can be a reflection of our lives

Joy to the world, the Lord is come

Let earth receive her King

Let every heart prepare him room

Let Heaven and nature sing

Let heaven and nature sing

Let Heaven Let heaven and nature sing

Every day we can awaken to the Joy!!

Our hearts will be filled with joy as we make room for him daily

As we acknowledge him as our Savior, our Lord, and our King!!

As we pray the way Jesus taught us to pray “Thy kingdom come Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”

We can truly celebrate Christmas everyday through the joy of giving.

The real spirit of Christmas is giving, loving, caring and serving

We can share the love of Christ with our families our friends and whoever comes across our path We can share our faith …we can generously give to the ones less fortunate than us. We can be willing to serve others as needs arise. We can pray for and with others.

As we pray to our Heavenly Father daily what will develop is an ever  increasing close and loving relationship with Him. He will lead and guide us into his perfect will.  A life that is filled with His peace and joy …the joy of our salvation

Christmas in July …. I say, “Let’s celebrate Christmas every day”