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Give a Gift to a Stranger
Typically the Christmas season is demanding of our schedules and  our wallets, so if you’re wondering why we made this suggestion, it’s because experiencing Christmas happens when we give to others, and not just the “others” we know but those we don’t.
Seriously, try it: give something to a stranger. You don’t have to buy the most expensive electronic and hand it to the first person you see walking out of the store. This is as simple as buying a coffee for the person behind you in line at Caribou Coffee or buying an older couple’s dinner while you’re out at your favorite restaurant. If you’re re someone who’s more concerned about your Christmas spending, (aren’t we all) consider gifting something that doesn’t have to be monetary, like the gift of your time by serving in a homeless shelter or a toy drive for children.
The magic of the Christmas season is that more people open their hearts by showing an act of kindness. Experience it for yourself by bringing magic to someone else’s life.

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Play Christmas Music
What better way to get into the Christmas mood than by blasting Michael Buble’s version of Santa Claus is Coming to Town on your way to work? Music is one of those powerful ways that we experience feelings and emotions, and but we don’t know why they impact us so. It causes memories or feelings to resurface.
If you want to experience Christmas and all of it’s joy, play a little Christmas music with the family while you’re all helping with dinner or while you’re in the car heading to King Soopers. Christmas music is a huge part of this season because it helps establish family traditions and memories. Start living out just what Christmas means and make some memories of your own by playing a little It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas.

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Invite a Friend over for Christmas Dinner
For some of us, the holidays bring happy memories of being surrounded by those we love. For others, it’s a  season of pain and loneliness. Christmas is “the most wonderful time of the year,” but for many people, it’s the most dreaded.
Think of someone you know that has lost someone or something recently, like a family member, a spouse, or even a job. Experience  the true spirit of Christmas by inviting a friend or co worker to join you for dinner during this time of year. This is a season when we can change the course of someone’s life simply by offering an invitation.

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Say “Merry Christmas”
Another way to get yourself into the Christmas spirit is simply by saying “Merry Christmas” to others. It’s no grand gesture, nor will it have any real life changing impact, but it will have at least a small impact on those you say it to.  How would it make you feel if while walking on 16th Street a random stranger approached you and sincerely said, “I hope you have a Merry Christmas”? Sure, it wouldn’t change your life or make that gift list you still have to shop for disappear, but it would reinforce the idea that the magic of Christmas exists…and it starts with us.
The magic of Christmas is that we have something to do with it. We can be the change or the “magic” that people think of when they think of Christmas just by wishing them to have a merry one. So say Merry Christmas more to those you know and even the ones you don’t because, in order for us to experience Christmas to the fullest, we must bring it to others too.

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Experience Christmas in Community
If you want to experience Christmas in all of it’s wonder this year, find a local church service to attend. During this time of year, there are tons of activities and parties to go to that fill up our schedules but you’ll find the wonder of Christmas by slowing down and seeking it in community at your local church. Even if you’re not sold on the whole “Christ in Christmas” thing, attending church will make you experience Christmas because you’ll be intentionally seeking to experience the wonder of it with those you love most.
This Christmas, take your family or loved ones to Christmas Eve service at LIFEGATE Church in Denver. Service will be held at 4:00 pm on Saturday, December 24th at Cherry Creek High School. What to wear: anything! Just be there. There will be Christmas music, a time of worship and song, an inspiring message delivered by Pastor Nirup followed by spending time in community while enjoying a hot beverage and Christmas snacks.
Christmas is about the magic that’s in the air this time of year but what’s even bigger than all of those details that make Christmas is the community you choose to be a part of on this day.

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