Ten Commandments for Christmas -- By Paul Ciniraj

I. Thou shalt not leave "Christ" out of Christmas.

II. Thou shalt not value thy gifts by the cost, for many shall signify love that is more blessed and beautiful than sliver and gold.

III. Thou shalt give thyself with thy gifts, thy love, thy personality, and thy service and shall increase the value of thy gifts a hundred fold and they who receiveth them shall treasure them forever.

IV. Thou shall not let Santa Claus take the place of Christ, lest Christmas become a fairy tale, rather than a sublime reality in the spiritual realm.

V. Thou shalt not burden thy servants, the sales girl, the mail carrier and the merchant.

VI. Thou shalt not neglect the church. Its Christmas services are planned to help spiritualize the Christmas season for thee, thy family, and thy friends.

VII. Thou shalt not neglect the needy. Let thy bountiful blessings be shared with the many who will go hungry and cold unless you are generous at Christmas.

VIII. Thou shalt be as a little child. Christmas is the day of the Christ child; not until thou has become, in spirit, as a little child art thou ready to enter into the Kingdom of heaven.

IX. Thou shalt prepare thy soul for Christmas. Verily, most of us spend much time and money getting gifts ready, but few seconds in preparing our souls.

X. Thou shalt give thy heart to Christ. Let thy Christmas list have "Christ in my heart" at the top as thy gift to Him this Christmas.

Bro. Paul Ciniraj, Mrs. Mercy, Besly, Hepzy and Lesly Ciniraj,

Salem Voice, Baseelia, Devalokam (P.O), Kottayam, Kerala-686038, India

Appearing Thursday, Dec. 19, 2002