Kick London on Christmas

We took some time out to ask our staff what they believe about Christmas, what it means to them, and how they’ll be spending the festive period!

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Why do you as a Christian celebrate Christmas?

I celebrate it because I believe that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. So his arrival is important for me. (Joe L)

Because it’s a time to celebrate that Jesus came down to earth as the light of the world to save us. It’s the beginning of the life of the greatest man there ever was, so I feel like we should make sure we celebrate it as much as possible! (Robbie S)

That Jesus is born is such a comfort! (Susanne K)

We have a hope and His name is Jesus. Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus and our saviour entering this world. We celebrate together, as family, as friends and there is a wonderful sense of joy and togetherness. As Christians, it goes beyond the gifts and gatherings and is a time of celebration of the hope that is Jesus. (Jon S)

I celebrate Christmas as it is a day to celebrate the birth of Jesus who went on to be the most incredible man in history and my personal saviour. Jesus helps me every day and having a relationship with him has completely changed my life and therefore it is extra special that I celebrate this on Christmas Day. (Becci L)

I celebrate Christmas as it’s the time that I remember Jesus who is my saviour, was born. (Simon J)

The whole message of the Gospel is that we can’t achieve God’s love by works or deeds. At Christmas time, we hear the story of God giving His greatest gift to the world. (Andy D)

 

What’s so important about Jesus?

To borrow the words of my favourite carol: “Born that man no more may die, Born to raise the sons of earth, Born to give them second birth” (Alex S)

Without relationship with Jesus I wouldn’t know God, without Jesus I wouldn’t have a purpose, without Jesus I would never see heaven. (Joe L)

I think it’s the fact that He gave everything for us. He lived his life the way He did so that we could see how it’s done perfectly; He is example we should follow. (Robbie S)

He came into this world for you. He came to serve and not be served. He came to bring us hope and set us free. (Jon S)

He is the answer to mankind’s problem, sin. (Hans S)

Jesus life, death and resurrection are important because it is the basis of my faith; that Gods justice for my sins was paid by his own, sin-free, son is amazing grace! It allows me to be seen as sin-free even though I am far from that. (Simon J)

Jesus is God’s redemption for mankind, in the flesh. Without Jesus, there is no redemption, and no hope. (Andy D)

 

Why do we need to recognise Jesus’ birth?

I think realising that Jesus is God yet became human, is important and something you really have to think about to understand. (Kabuki J)

Without Jesus, no salvation, no hope, no forgiveness of sin, no comfort, no consolation! (Susanne K)

Aside from dying on the cross, He changed the world in other ways and brought about good teaching, but ultimately he was the answer for our separation with God the creator of the World. (Hans S)

We recognise this because without Jesus I cannot have a relationship with God like I do and for me that is worth celebrating.  (Simon J)

 

How will you be spending Christmas day?

I will hopefully be volunteering at a homeless shelter for the morning of Christmas, serving food and socialising with the people that come to the shelter. Then I will spend the rest of the day with family, eating and being in good company!! (Kabuki J)

Opening presents, eating loads of food with our 3 kids and my 3 sisters and their partners and kids. Can’t wait! (Joe L)

I’ll be spending it my family in Brockenhurst, in the New Forest. As I’m getting married next year it’ll be the last time we are just the 5 of us before Jessie joins the family, so we will make the most of being together as just us! (Robbie S)

Eating, going for a walk, hanging out with nephews and nieces. (Susanne K)

Christmas day for me is about as traditional as they come. I will have travelled across to Devon to be with my extended family, before being woken up on the day by excited cousins, nieces and nephews before building/ playing with whatever Father Christmas got them. Then traditional Christmas lunch, Queens speech, nap, playing football with the kids and then leftovers, before a helping of food coma regret. It is more English than it is Christian but just being family together is in itself an expression of Christ’s love. (Peter B)

I will be spending Christmas opening presents followed by a great breakfast. I will then go off to church for a short service to celebrate the birth of Jesus and everything he has done since. We will then gather with family to celebrate and have a huge dinner. (Becci L)

I will be at church for a bit of the morning to celebrate with my church family. After that I have no idea as I’m am soon to become and uncle so depending when that happens everything could change!! (Simon J)

 

What is your favourite part of Christmas?

I think it may be the time I get to spend with my family, as well as the food!  (Kabuki J)

A Christmas movie in the evening of Christmas Day. (Joe L)

Christmas dinner! I mean pigs in blankets, that is two of my favourite foods, wrapped round each other; ideal! Plus I love the fact we all eat together, being a family that now all live all over the place, it’s great to have time together!  (Robbie S)

Celebrating with the people I care about the most and eating too much food! (Matt R)

It doesn’t matter how old you are, the eager expectation on Christmas Eve is one like that of no other! If you can sleep through the night and not wake up, stare at you alarm clock and think ‘how is it not morning yet?!’ then you’ve done something that I never have and somehow probably never will! However this is one thing that I don’t want to change. The hope and excitement about Christmas means that this truly is a time worth celebrating. (Jon S)

Being around family and experiencing joy and good will. It is such a great time to be thankful, thankful for all God has given us, for all of the people around us and for all we know He will do. (Becci L)

This year it has been reading the Bible to my son and seeing him pray for others. (Hans S)

The food – both because I like eating and it brings people together. Eating with family and friends is great! (Simon J)

 

What is your favourite Christmas Carol, and why?

Hark the Herald Angels Sing! It has so many lines that describe the beauty and mystery of what we are celebrating! I also enjoy singing it! (Alex S)

‘Be born in me’ by Francessca Battistelli, it’s not really a Carol, it’s just a beautiful Christmas song! I love slow songs and her voice is beautiful, it is basically a song from the perspective of Mary and how she may have felt while being pregnant with Jesus! (Kabuki J)

Oh Holy Night. I love the approach to fall on your knees before the Creator and Redeemer of all things. (Joe L)

I love ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ mainly as I remember singing it next to my mum in church and she always used to sing the descant, and I remember trying to copy her with my sisters! (Robbie S)

Hark the Herald Angels Sing! It’s an absolute classic but it also sounds great in a contemporary style. I belt it out, and the Holy Spirit delights in it! (Peter B)

Joy to the World – such an upbeat, positive and catchy song! (Matt R)

So, it isn’t really a carol but I will share anyway. The best song of all time (ha!) has to be the soundtrack from The Nativity! It is so fun! (Becci L)

Mary Did You Know? – I like the upbeat tune and the story it conveys through song. (Hans S)

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – because it tells the story of Jesus birth but also touches upon the impact on us! And is fun to sing it as well! (Simon J)

Hark the Herald Angels Sing! – A song you can really belt out, and also holds a lot of theological truth! (Andy D)

 

What Bible verse best sums up Christmas for you?

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
    though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me
    one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
    from ancient times.”

Micah 5:2 (Hans S)

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah 9:6 (Simon J)

But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favour with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

Luke 1:30-33 (Kabuki J and Andy D)

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

John 1:1-5 (Peter B and Matt R)

“When they saw the star they Rejoiced”

Matthew 2:10 (Robbie S)

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

John 3:16 (Alex S)

 

What is your favourite Christmas Carol lyric?

Pleased as man with man to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel! (Alex S)

Born that man no more may die, Born to raise the sons of earth, Born to give them second birth, Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!” (Peter B)

Mary did you know that your baby boy will some day walk on water? Mary did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters? (Hans S)

Remember Christ our Saviour
Was born on Christmas Day
To save us all from Satan’s pow’r
When we were gone astray (Simon J)

Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Soul felt it’s worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. (Andy D)

What is your Christmas wish for this year?

My wish is to be able to help and serve others and that they can find love and joy in life from God; especially through serving at the homeless shelter! (Kabuki J)

That more people would know the Lord and have time with their families. (Joe L)

My family and relatives to understand the real meaning of Christmas. (Susanne K)

My Christmas wish is simply that my essay will be written before it’s deadline! (Peter B)

Heard a statistic recently that £450 billion gets spent on Christmas each year, whereas it would take £10 billion a year for everyone around the world to have clean water. How amazing would it be if nobody went thirsty?! (Matt R)

That at my church carol service that my family would be affected by the message – even better be saved! (Becci L)

People would know that Jesus is the answer to this world’s problems, of which there seem to be many at the moment! (Hans S)

That the peace and love of God would be given to the world this Christmas, the same way it was when He gave us Jesus (Andy D).

 

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We at Kick London would like to wish you a blessed Christmas period, and are praying that the peace of God will fill your home at this time of year!