Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Who celebrates Christmas?

Strange question isn't it? You might answer Americans. Or you might say just about everybody. Now let's think about it. People celebrate birthdays by honoring the one whose birthday is remembered. There are Christmas trees erected, lights put up outside and inside of homes, even schools and businesses "decorate" for what many are now calling the holidays. But who celebrates Christmas?
I guess we have to ask ourselves what are we celebrating? If Christmas is to mark the birthday of Christ, then those who remember Him, and praise Him, and really know Him, are the celebrants. The Bible says "To you is the city of David a Savior who is Christ the Lord [Luke 2:11]. If Christmas is to mark a time for family and friends to get together to eat, exchange gifts, get drunk, have family reunions....what are they celebrating? Good times, family togetherness, self-indulgent satisfaction, etc may be the real celebration occurring. Perhaps instead of saying "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays...those who really celebrate Christmas should say "Happy Birthday to Jesus." It seems that those who really celebrate Christmas are those who make Christ the heart of the whole month and do their best to showcase what He means to them. They celebrate Him best who think of Him most. What a time to talk of Christ to those who so desperately need Him. Think about it!

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