“Keep Christ in Christmas? Surely that’s what the season is about…?”
Sadly, the rush to get ready for holiday festivities and the rampant commercialization of Christmas so often turns this into just another holiday for so many, and the birth of Christ is forgotten or ignored.
The Knights of Columbus runs the “Keep Christ in Christmas” campaign each year to remind society that at Christmas we honour the birth of Jesus Christ. In 2014, the Knights of Columbus introduced the Keep Christ in Christmas poster contest. Similar to other poster contests run by the Knights, this allows young people to combine their creative talents and imaginations with an understanding of the true spiritual meaning of Christmas. Details are here.
In addition, each year, councils and circles throughout the Order display thousands of “Keep Christ in Christmas” billboards, typically at their local parishes, or at other events. Indeed, this year, we encourage even individual members to consider erecting an outdoor sign or nativity scene at their homes to promote the birth of Christ as the focus of the Christmas season.
To further encourage active participation by councils and even individual Brother Knights in “Keep Christ in Christmas”, the British Columbia and Yukon jurisdiction is holding it’s own competition, for the fourth year running – see details here – planning should begin in the summer or fall, with the project beginning with Advent! Check the downloadable PDF for the full competition details and entry deadlines!
Reasonably inexpensive plans for outdoor nativity scenes can be ordered online from The Winfield Collection (no affiliation), and perhaps other sources as well, or if you would prefer a billboard, one of our members will make you a vinyl banner in various sizes to be hung over your garage doors like a billboard. Other outdoor Nativity displays are available here at The Outdoor Nativity Store (no affiliation).
On a more personal level, magnetic nativity scenes are available which can be attached to your car (available from Christ is Christmas in Vernon, BC), and Star of the Sea Council #7015 of Surrey, BC, is again offering their popular “Keep Christ in Christmas” buttons, this year in a more striking red colour as well as the previous blue version. Contact Brother Bill Tomkinson at tomkinson(at)shaw.ca for more details.
And, if you’re looking for something a little different for your parish or community, why not try a Posada? For more information about this traditional Christmas celebration developed by Franciscan missionaries in America, go here….
While these are very visible actions we can take to remind our community about the reason we celebrate Christmas, consider also within your community, council or family, a present of friendship, understanding, kindness, love and compassion – for example, visit a shut in, reconcile with a friend or relative, wish people you meet a happy and holy Christmas, donate usable clothing to a program for needy families, and more…