I love Christmas music of all kinds. I love the traditional carols, I love the recently written songs about the true meaning of Christmas and the joy of family. And yes, I love the crazy Christmas songs that just make you smile, tap your toe, sing along and clap. One such song is “The Christmas Clap”, a hiphop-style song by B-Shoc and his buddy Mello. You should watch the youtube video if you want the full effect. Christmas deco, lights, cookies and wrapping paper abound, and you can make it into an exercise routine just by moshing and clapping.

But the reason I like “The Christmas Clap” is that the true message and meaning of Christmas is clear in this song. The lyrics say “You know it’s Christmas time. You know this light of mine. You know I’m-a let it shine… You know it’s Christmas time, so let your Jesus shine! Celebrate his birthday!” This Christmas let’s sing, dance, work out, and do the Christmas clap, but most of all, let’s “let our Jesus shine” through us as we love and serve and give. Let this Christmas be the biggest birthday celebration ever!

Psalm 47:1 “Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.”

Questions to ponder: How do you “let Jesus shine” in your life in specific ways at Christmas time? Do you do special things at Christmas to highlight the fact that it is Jesus’ birthday—such as have a birthday cake for Jesus as one of your desserts? Brainstorm on ways to let the light of Jesus shine in your holiday traditions.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to shine your light brightly this Christmas. Help me to treasure the fact that Christmas is your birthday. Thank you, Lord, for loving me. Amen.

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Jeannie Blocher is the President Emeritus and Director of Spiritual Impact of Body & Soul Fitness. She and her husband Roy founded Body & Soul in 1981, and now Jeannie serves in a volunteer capacity. She is an author and speaker, who treasures first her role as wife, mother of three and grandmother of eight. She wrote the First Place 4 Health Bible Study “Make Every Day Your Best Day” and the book “Encouragement for the Body & the Soul.” She enjoys speaking on behalf of Body & Soul, sharing the message of faith & fitness.

Contact Jeannie at jeannie@bodyandsoul.org.

What would make this year the best Christmas ever for you? Stop and think a minute, list some things in your mind, then check out this list in the song “The Best Christmas Ever” by Newsong:

“When the snow starts falling, friends come calling, you can feel the love in the air. Singing carols by the fire, presents piling higher; it’s a favorite time of the year. Let’s make this December one to remember, a feeling we can hold on to. It’s gonna be the best Christmas ever with you. You and me, and all our friends and family, singing joy to the world, love has come. Let’s light a candle, say a prayer for peace on earth everywhere. Come on, let’s get together for the best Christmas ever.”

This is a pretty good list of things that make Christmas the best ever! Some of these things may be on the list you just thought about. Many are also my favorite things about Christmas. I love Christmas gatherings, singing songs of the season, snow, and candles glowing. My favorite memories of Christmas are full of these joys, and more. One of my favorite memories from when our children were young is that we would all gather on our bed—all five of us in one big pileup, and pray together before going downstairs for present-opening. Our kids knew that no one was allowed to go down before that. It made us all stop to get our perspective on the true meaning of Christmas, and it was a special together-moment. I’m so glad we did it each year, and I’m glad prayer is one of the things listed in this song. When you are thinking about making this a Christmas to remember, consider how you are going to make prayer for peace on earth and good will to men a part of your celebration. I promise if you do, that it will be one of the most important things that makes this Christmas the best Christmas ever for you!

Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest. And on earth peace, goodwill toward men.”

Questions: As December begins, ask each family member what would make this the best Christmas ever, then make sure that what they hope for happens this year. If someone wishes for something that is not possible, take time to have a conversation about that. Ask the Lord for wisdom to guide the hearts of the ones you love to be focused on him, on the joys of being together and on peace on earth and goodwill toward men.

Prayer: Dear Lord, Help me to find joy in the small, simple things that will make this Christmas the best Christmas ever. Give me your perspective. Help me to guide others to that perspective. Thank you for all the blessings you shower on me that make each Christmas the best Christmas ever.

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Jeannie Blocher is the President Emeritus and Director of Spiritual Impact of Body & Soul Fitness. She and her husband Roy founded Body & Soul in 1981, and now Jeannie serves in a volunteer capacity. She is an author and speaker, who treasures first her role as wife, mother of three and grandmother of eight. She wrote the First Place 4 Health Bible Study “Make Every Day Your Best Day” and the book “Encouragement for the Body & the Soul.” She enjoys speaking on behalf of Body & Soul, sharing the message of faith & fitness.

Contact Jeannie at jeannie@bodyandsoul.org.

It’s that time of year again. Time to look for that perfect gift for the loved ones in our lives. As one of our students recently testified, Body & Soul Fitness is a gift. But, did you know that Body & Soul Fitness can be part of your actual gift giving this year? There are two ways to do this:

Give a Gift Certificate or Tuition Code from our online shop!

Gift certificates and tuition codes can be purchased in any amount of $25 or above. Once you purchase either of these items, you will be sent a special code via email during normal business hours that can be used online. Our Body & Soul Offices will be closed for the holidays Dec 24-Jan1, so be sure to order your items early!

Download our printable PDF Christmas card here that you can personalize, print, and give to your gift recipient. Be sure to also include the gift amount, the gift certificate or tuition code, the type of code (gift certificate or tuition), and your own message.

Give a Gift to Support Our “Let’s Go” End-of-Year Giving Campaign!

If you know someone who would love to support Body & Soul Fitness in lieu of receiving a tangible gift, you can make a donation to our “Let’s Go” Campaign. All donations to our end-of-year giving campaign will help Body & Soul keep costs low for our students and support the ministry as we grow and expand to share faith through fitness both nationally and internationally.