New book shares a family story of over 30 years of celebrating Christmas with no Santa, no Christmas trees, no Christmas lights, no toys, no bikes, no gifts, and no ornaments. Just Jesus.
National bestselling author Daniel Whyte III has just released a new book sharing the way he and his family have celebrated Christmas for over 30 years. The title of the book is An Unadorned Christmas Celebration, and it is available now on Amazon Kindle for $0.99.
Daniel Whyte III shares the message of the book in the introduction below.
I was raised with the traditional Christmas celebrations like everyone else — Santa, the Grinch, presents, Christmas trees, etc. I never knew what Christmas meant until I got saved on December 19, 1979.
Being saved six days before Christmas made a major impression on me. The church that I was in at the time took me out street preaching with them in New Orleans. The only verse I knew was Romans 10:13, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” And I repeated that verse over and over again amid the crowds of people out shopping in preparation for Christmas.
After getting saved, no one told me how to celebrate Christmas. However, I knew that the commercialization and consumerism that I had grown up with was not what Christmas was all about. From that time forward, I never celebrated Christmas in the traditional way.
Even after I married and started a family (of over 30 years now), we never gave or received gifts, put up lights, decorated a tree, told our children about Santa Claus, sung any of the secular Christmas songs, or anything like that.
Instead, on Christmas, we kept the focus on Jesus Christ. On Christmas Day, we had our regular family devotions, followed by reading the Christmas story from Luke chapter 2. We had a special breakfast (our favorite is an English breakfast). As a minister of the Gospel, I preached a Christmas message. We also passed out Gospel tracts. In the evening, we enjoyed a special dinner meal.
This little book is to encourage Christians everywhere to enjoy Christmas in the way that you are so led, but to focus your attention on worshiping and serving Jesus Christ, just Jesus.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven