Palestinian Christian children wear festive hats as they light candles inside the Church of Nativity, believed by many to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, during Christmas celebrations in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008. Tourists from all over the world flocked to Jesus' traditional birthplace on Wednesday to celebrate Christmas Eve. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style. In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas. Children laughing, people passing, meeting smile after smile. And on ev’ry street corner you’ll hear. Silver bells, silver bells. It’s Christmas time in the city. Ring a ling, hear them sing, soon it will be Christmas Day.

It has been quite an eventful year, with climate change causing so much devastation in the world! We’ve had super floods in Florida and other states, and millions of acres burned, including homes of families who have lost everything.

This column is written to remind us to be grateful this year, especially if you were spared the devastations of these natural disasters. Christmas time in the city has even more impact, with more of us having needs. Hopefully more who can give, will!

According to the Insurance Institute, from Jan. 1 to Nov. 30, 2018, there were 52,303 wildfires, compared to 56,186 wildfires during the same period in 2017, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. About 8.5 million acres were burned in the 2018 period, compared to 9.2 million in 2017.

Insured residential, commercial and auto losses from two of the largest fires in state history topped $845 million, according to the California Department of Insurance.

Though the excitement of Christmas is usually everywhere, this year, with so many now-homeless families, Christmas just won’t be Christmas for millions of people.

I can somewhat relate. It was Christmas Day 2000 when my mother died. What devastation for my family! It has taken at least 10 to 12 years for my family to finally feel somewhat good at Christmas time.

It’s an enormous challenge, with this competition between Santa Claus and Jesus on Christmas Day to properly distinguish. Let’s examine the facts!

Notice how the word Santa and Satan are made from the exact same letters. Can’t you see how Santa is depicted wearing red and white, he’s wonderful, and comes bearing gifts? So does Satan — he offers the entire world.

Remember, when he tried to tempt Jesus by taking him to a very high mountain to make promises to him? He showed him the world, and he promised him that he could have anything in the world he wanted, if he would bow down and worship him. Take a look at the Scripture:

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’” (Matthew 4: 8-10)

Look how prominent Santa is among families around the world today. Is the baby Jesus so prominent?

We’ve got to be careful, saints, if we intend to continue to win this battle for the Lord. We must teach our children the real meaning of Christmas – Jesus Christ, not Santa Claus.

Teach children, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11)

Please understand my point: Gift-giving is good, in memory of God giving his Son Jesus, and wise men came bearing gifts too. Remember, though, it’s not about us wondering what gift we’ll get for Christmas — It’s about the birthday of Jesus.

Give somebody the gift of Jesus — HE is the reason for the season. Let’s take heed of the words of Job 1:21: “Naked I came from my mothers womb, and naked shall I return there. The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away; Blessed be the name of the Lord!”

Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Her radio show, “Think on These Things,” airs Fridays at 6 p.m. on 1340 AM (WYCB), a Radio One station. To reach Grant, visit her website,, email or call 202-518-3192. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.

Lyndia Grant

A seasoned radio talk show host, national newspaper columnist, and major special events manager, Lyndia is a change agent. Those who experience hearing messages by this powerhouse speaker are changed forever!

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