The Problem with Holidays and the True Meaning of Christmas

The Christmas season is upon us.  We can see it in all the lights that adorn houses, trees decorated with ornaments standing in living rooms, gift wrapped presents and images of a big a big fat man with a white beard and a red suit.  We associate all this with Christmas, but when we look at it, none of it seems to fit in with the reason why we celebrate.  We all like to open stockings and presents in the morning, but we are still missing the greatest gift given to us on that day we celebrate. 

I’ve had enough of people telling me that it is politically incorrect to say “Merry Christmas” but insist that I say “Happy Holidays” instead.  I know that the tradition of the Yule Log originally has nothing to do with Christianity, but was a celebration of the Winter Equinox, the shortest day of the year.  I understand that the long night is a significant event, but I’m not out yelling that people shouldn’t be celebrating it. 

Many different faiths celebrate important days of their specific traditions during the holiday season.  It’s not just Christmas, but Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, New Years and hundreds of “Pagan” holidays that center around the shortest day of the year.  And yet, the outrage is against the Christian holiday of Christmas because the huge focus our society places on the different traditions we have adopted into this celebration. 

That’s the problem with the holidays.  Our society has blown it out of proportion.  We mix the traditions and celebrations of different faiths and make them American.  Our society has caused us to lose focus on what we celebrate.  As Christians, it is important to regain that focus on what Christmas is truly about. 

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
 – John 3:16-18

 As Christians, we find that the true meaning of Christmas is one of hope.  It is the hope that the prophecies of the Jewish people would be fulfilled.  That this child would be the sacrificial lamb that would save us all.  That this small child born in a manger would grow up to be the same man who would die on the cross for our sins.  That in this birth would give us hope through his death we would be saved from eternal damnation.  And through this death, he would rise again on the third day to return to his rightful place in heaven. 

We celebrate the birth of Jesus looking forwards to how he saved us through his death on the cross and resurrection from the grave. 

We give and receive gifts on Christmas day, sharing what we have with family and friends.  But in reality, we have already been given the greatest gift we could ever receive.  “For God so loved the world…”  We have already been given the gift of salvation through our faith, wrapped in swaddling and found in a manger all those nights ago in Bethlehem. 

God Bless and PEACE

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2 Comments »

  1. Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of our Savior who baptised us in that spirit and provided the freedom for us.

  2. Very interesting topic, regards for putting up.


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