This post originally appeared on everthedreamerblog.com.
I love Christmas. I have always loved Christmas, although I must admit that in my younger years it was the presents, decorations, and festivities I liked most. I grew up hearing the Christmas story. I knew all about the baby in the manger. I knew all about how He was crucified, died and was buried, and then rose again on the third day. But it was not until October of 1991 that I finally met Jesus Christ and accepted Him as my Lord and Savior. Christmas took on a whole new meaning after that.
I still enjoy the decorations and get-togethers with family and friends; but I detest the commercialism and the “gimme, gimme” attitude so often marring the season. You rarely hear the old Christmas carols anymore and when you do they’ve been jazzed up with a rock ‘n roll beat. And, “Peace on earth, goodwill toward men?” These seem to get thrown out the window when the stores open on Black Friday. I’ve heard of people actually trampled to death and seen footage of shoppers punching each other’s lights out while struggling over a last available item. And at a Walmart in a neighboring town, a driver shot and killed another driver over a parking space–right in front of the victim’s young son.
Peace on earth. . .Good will toward men. Replaced all too often by, “me first.” Christmas is not about presents, decorations, or parties. It’s not about things or how much we can get.
So what is Christmas all about?
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:8-14
That’s what–or, rather, Who–Christmas is all about: Jesus Christ, God’s Gift to mankind, graciously extended to all who will accept Him.
Wishing you all a blessed Christmas!