That time of year is upon us when family and friends come together to share and exchange gifts with one another. So with chestnuts roasting on an open fire and jack frost snipping at your nose, I ask myself, what is Christmas all about? Is it really about the gifts that we exchange year after year and get upset if someone doesn’t give us what we think we should have received, or you paid more for someone’s gift and they paid less for yours? These senarios happen every year. Maybe not in your household, but dare to believe it happens in many household across this country. Martha Noebel, in the article, The Real Meaning Of Christmas tells us that “for many people, Christmas is a time of sorrow. They don’t have the extra money to buy presents for their children, family, and friends. Many are saddened at Christmastime when they think of their loved ones who will not be able to come home for various reasons. Turkey dinners may be only a wish and not a reality for some. Yet, Christmas can be a season of great joy. It is a time of God showing His great love for us. It can be a time of healing and renewed strength. You see, Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of the Christ child. God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to be born. His birth brought great joy to the world. Shepherds, wise men, and angels all shared in the excitement of knowing about this great event. They knew this was no ordinary baby. The prophets had told of His coming hundreds of years before. The star stopped over Bethlehem just to mark the way for those who were looking for this special child.
Jesus is the reason for the season. His birth is signified by the recognition of Christmas, he is the one that the gifts were set aside for. Matthew 2:11-12 states that, “On coming to the house they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.”
May your Christmas be one of joy and happiness with you and your family and friends, and remember those who might not be able to enjoy this festive celebration.