[From a list =
in a church bulletin in 1912]
I. Thou shalt =
not leave "Christ" out of Christmas, making it =
"Xmas." ("X" =3D Greek letter ‘chi’ standing for =
‘Christ’ so it still means Christmas, but to most people today, the =
"X" is unknown).
II. Thou shalt =
prepare your soul for Christmas. Spend not so much on gifts that your =
soul is forgotten.
III. Thou =
shalt not let Santa Claus replace Christ, thus robbing the day of its =
spiritual reality. Christmas IS a religious =
IV. Thou shalt =
not burden the sales clerks, the mailman, and the merchant with =
complaints and demands.
V. Thou shalt =
give ‘yourself’ along with your gift. This will increase its =
value a hundred fold, and he who receives it shall treasure it =
VI. Thou shalt =
not value gifts received by their cost. Even the least expensive may =
signify love, and that is more priceless than silver and =
VII. Thou =
shalt not neglect the needy. Share your blessings with many who will go =
hungry and cold unless you are generous.
VIII. Thou =
shalt not neglect your church. Its services highlight the true meaning =
of the season.
IX. Thou shalt =
be as a little child. Not until you have become in spirit as a little =
one are you ready to enter into the kingdom of =
X. Thou shalt =
give your heart to Christ. Let Him be at the top of your Christmas =
Anyone keeping =
these commandments is sure to have a Merry (and blessed) =
Dr Bob Griffin =
Knows Me, This I Love!"