We want to keep the ‘CHRIST’ in CHRISTmas – in view of a progressive removal of this, as also including of nativity scenes, throughout our nation. Our nation has a rich Christian heritage which has gifted us many of our most treasured values – like equality, tolerance, honesty and charity. These values define us, and are specifically a reflection of this religion and heritage. We have been incredibly blessed by these values as a nation too. So let’s keep the Christ in Christmas. There is reason for embarrassment here. Let’s honour our forebears, heritage and traditions!
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 in the public square to remind your city of the Christ of CHRISTmas! We celebrate the church communities that already do this, and encourage others to do the same.
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.