Every Christmas season I'm reminded of just what the reason for the season is. His name is Jesus.
A man who came to earth as a babe, born of the virgin Mary. A man who's birth was foretold thousands of years prior to him appearing in a manger. A savior, the Christ, the Son of the Living God.
The radical news of His birth instilling fear in the highest ranks of Caesar Augustus. Fear that his seat on the throne was in jeopardy. So much so that Caesar issued a decree, a few years later killing all male boys around Jesus' age, to ensure this "Jesus" wouldn't succeed him on the throne. A miraculous birth told by an angel to some Sheppard's in a field, watching over their sheep. A star which appeared that gleamed brighter than any other star had shone, that lead the way to a manger where He was born. A birth that would change the course of the time, past, present and future.
I struggle sometimes with how our culture embraces Christmas and what we as a society have gone away from and consider the reason for the season. All the crazy commercial hype where you can,"Give like Santa and save like Scrooge". Where the focus can become a mad rat-race to find the latest, greatest toy for our kids. Perfectly decorated houses, Christmas tree's, wreaths hung in all the right places or what you'll be get from santa, depending on if you were bad or good. Now don't get me wrong, these aren't all bad things. It just bugs me when that's where the emphasis is put on. It's essentially pulling the "Christ" out of Christmas, the very mortar that holds the entire reason for the season together. Its like removing the "Canada" from our July 1st celebration, "Canada Day" It just doesn't make sense does it? I don't think my birthday celebration this next year would be much of a party without me there. Agree?
So this season, as you cuddle by the fire, roasting chestnut's, a touch of jackfrost nipping at your nose, listening to Ho Ho Ho the mistletoe.... I encourage you to take a moment to ponder my thoughts on the real reason for this season. Spend time with your family, friends, unwrap some gifts, spread Christmas cheer to everyone around you. But most of all remember...That Jesus IS the reason for the season.
So no happy holidays for me. No X-mas, or season's greetings either. Its a warm, heart felt, MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your family and have a safe and happy New Year!