There has been a progressive removal of the ‘CHRIST’ from ‘CHRISTmas’. Concurrently there has been very little education on the rich Christian heritage our nation has, which gifted it many of its most treasured values – like equality, tolerance, honesty and charity. So we’d like to keep the Christ in Christmas – just as any person of any faith would desire to do so in connection with their historic celebrations.
For a report on the 2019 effort see pages 21-25 of the Shining Lights Trust report here.
It’s nearly Christmas time and a boat is riding the waves towards the top of New Zealand. On board are Māori, Europeans, excitable horses and impatient cows. Step back into the early 1800s and find out how the first Christmas was celebrated in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Our invitation is that you be intentional about using nativity-based CHRISTmas themes in your areas of influence – as opposed to Santa, elves or jingle bells. This can be done in a number of simple ways:
Simply put, collaborate to remind your city of the Christ of CHRISTmas!
What could you do to bring profile and community spirit to CHRISTmas?
Be respectful to all cultures, but also be ready to support one another should any be harassed for observing our cultural traditions. Our goal is not to provoke discord, but to share with our community the Hope that we profess. We suggest the following collaborative projects — our only limits are our courage and creativity.