Christmas angels on Stafford St. Timaru herald the start of Christmas celebration for more than 3 decades now.
Christmas angels on Stafford St. Timaru had heralded the city’s Christmas season for more than 3 decades now.

“Merry Christmas”

The most uttered phrase or greeting each Christmas season, spoken for infinite number of times by peoples of the world.

As the zenith of the Christmas season comes 25th December, so does our greeting one another intensifies. We just love to celebrate Christmas,aren’t we?

Well, if we really love celebrating Christmas and we want to honour Jesus the Christ of Christmas, then we should face the challenge of celebrating Christmas daily.

How to celebrate Christmas everyday? Let the exhortation of the Apostle Paul in Philippians 2:1-11 guide us.


Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (Philippians 2:3-4)

Yes, everyday, let us keep the humble spirit, acknowledging that all that we are, all that we have are because of God’s overflowing and never-ceasing mercies and grace.


In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. (Philippians 2:5-7)

Are you ready to break your seasonal celebration of Christmas by shifting from symbolical giving to total sacrificial giving as what Jesus has done?

It’s easy to give gifts on Christmas but it’s very challenging to really go out of your comfort zone, “pour out” yourself and be involved in uplifting the quality of life of your fellowmen throughout the year.

Take your Christian service to the next level by being involve actively in the service of humanity and for the glory of God.

Lifelong Commitment

And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death — even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:8)

Celebrating Christmas daily requires lifelong commitment. It doesn’t stop on 25th December and will resume again next year’s Christmas season.

Jesus Christ’s example is “becoming obedient to death”

I hope Christmas isn’t just the highlight of our holiday season. May after celebrating our excitement about Christmas won’t falter nor die down.

May our greeting one another “Merry Christmas”, giving gifts to our children, loved ones and friends, lead to our recognising and achieving the bigger challenge of celebrating Christmas daily, as long as we live and until He comes.

As God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, may all people at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11 paraphrase mine)