This year, Christmas snuck up on me. My husband and I have been so wrapped up in selling our house during the past few months that it seems like everything else has been put on hold. Fortunately, we finally closed on our house and now it’s already Christmas!
I typically enjoy this time of year – celebrating Christmas with family, sharing gifts with each other, receiving cards from old friends, and seeing the lights and decorations. I remember loving Christmas as a child too! It seemed like on cue, each December, snow would begin to fall; people would become nicer; carols would fill the radio stations; and Christmas decorations, lights, and trees would appear, but this year I have been too busy to enjoy, or even really notice any of those things.
In all reality, all of the things during this time of the year (which seems to get earlier and earlier every year) pale in comparison to what Christmas really is. Believe me, I’m not knocking Christmas traditions because I think they are important, but it’s more important to remember the reason why we celebrate Christmas in the first place.
Don’t Get All Caught Up in the Christmas Festivities
My wish for you is that you wouldn’t get caught up in all of the Christmas festivities without pausing to remember the real meaning of it. This time of the year can be so busy if we’re trying to do all of the traditional Christmas things. In fact, that’s why I dedicated some recent radio episodes and blog posts to stress.
But truly, stress is the farthest thing that we should be experiencing during this time of year. I know you’re saying “that’s easier said than done. I have a house full of children who expect a wide variety of homemade Christmas cookies and decorations all throughout the house. I have cards that need to be addressed. I have lots of shopping that needs to be done and gifts that have to be wrapped.” I totally understand, but in the midst of it, I hope that you can pause and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.
Who is the Christ in Christmas?
Saying “Jesus is the Reason for the Season” can sound rather cliché, but it’s true! He IS the only reason for this season, no matter what TV, radio, store advertisments or anyone else says. Christmas is a miracle. It’s the birth of Christ in human flesh, sent with love so we could have life.
It is my hope and wish that you would personally know this miracle. And if you don’t know, it’s my hope and prayer that you would make this the year that you come to personally know the true Christ in Christmas.
I ask that you pause a moment and take time out of your busyness to read what Christmas really is from Luke chapter 2 in the Bible.
“In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.”
Christmas is the Ultimate Gift!
So there you have it – Christmas is the ultimate gift! Jesus being born on earth in human flesh to ultimately die as a sacrifice for our sins, then rise again. If you haven’t personally received this gift, I pray that this will be the year that you accept it. I encourage you to contact me if you want to know more about the true meaning of Christmas.
From my family to yours – We wish you all a very Merry Christmas!
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