I am thrilled to be a part of The War on Christmas Advent Blog Tour! Christmas holds a special place in my heart and I am so happy to be able to share something with you that just might help you to come a little closer to the true meaning for the season.
Christmas and a Humble Christ…
It seems that the holiday season is wrought with hustling, bustling, traveling, parties, family get-togethers, and lots of shopping. And let’s not forget Santa Claus, decorating the tree, hanging the stockings, baking, cooking, eating lots of goodies and delectable delights and of course, giving and opening presents. Does this sound familiar to you? Most likely, I have just described what happens each year in most homes around the world. But what is the real reason for the Christmas season? Most Christian people will answer that it is the celebration of the birth of Christ.
But are we truly celebrating the birth of Christ? While we are busy giving gifts to each other, ask yourself this question: What gift are you bringing to Him? The true gift of Christmas is Christ–the Son of God. He gave us the ultimate gift of his atonement for our sins so that we may return to live with God again. This is something we should be celebrating not just once per year, but every single day. As our thanks to him, we should be thinking of ways to give to Him.
We have a little tradition here in our home of having a white Christmas stocking. In it, we quietly place slips of paper that we have written the acts of service and things we have done to honor Him during the Christmas season. These are our quiet gifts to Him.
Where did the name Christmas Come From?
Christmas is actually a combination of the words Christ and mas. Mas simply means “celebration.” Therefore, Christmas simply means a “Christ Celebration.” It is a celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior. It seems that as the years have passed, that many people don’t like the name Christmas as they profess that it offends them that we use such a “religious” name for a holiday. They want the holiday, but they don’t want the reason for the holiday. Some people think they can get around saying “Merry Christmas” by refusing to say the name and instead substitute saying “Happy Holidays.” What they don’t realize is that holidays means holy days. This made me laugh in the book as it went on to say:
A day cannot be holy unless a Holy God exists to make things holy. Perhaps when someone says “Happy Holidays,” an interesting reply would be to ask: “To which holy days from God do you refer?”
This fact pretty much guarantees that instead of being annoyed when someone says “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas,” I will be chuckling to myself.
Some people don’t like that we have a celebration for the birth of Christ. They don’t think it is right to have a celebration and party for such an event. However, when Christ was born, did not God have a celebration? The angels celebrated this event. People came to worship Christ and praise God for this event.
Others get all bent out of shape about the actual date that we use to celebrate the birth of Christ. While we don’t know the exact date that Jesus was born, the important thing to remember isn’t the actual date we celebrate. It is in the celebration itself. It is about taking the time to remember Christ’s entrance into the world.
Some people think that Christmas is evil and that it was born out of a Roman Pagan holiday. It wasn’t, and this topic is covered in more detail in Chapter 5 of the book. However, we should be celebrating and honoring God every single day. Why should we, as Christians, refuse to celebrate the day that has been set aside specifically to celebrate His birth? While Christ may have never said that we should honor his birth with a holiday, he also didn’t forbid it either.
Honestly, we need to have more CHRIST in our Christmas celebration and season. It will make us better people, give us greater peace, and just may make a difference in the world around us. We will be the light to help draw others to Him. And that is a pretty amazing gift to give to Him, don’t you think?
Be sure to follow along on The War on Christmas Advent Blog Tour! You can find the Tour Schedule here. Don’t miss the post tomorrow over at A Dad First where he will be discussing What is Christmas About? and The Origin of Christmas: Isn’t Christmas a Pagan Holiday?
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