With the Christmas season in full swing, it is easy to find ourselves caught up in the hustle and bustle of gift buying, hiding, and wrapping. While giving is good, let us not forget what the true meaning of Christmas really is. It is not about the gifts under the tree, special foods, or even peppermint mochas: Christmas is about celebrating Jesus Christ’s birth.
After Jesus’ birth, an angel of the Lord appeared to nearby shepherds to tell them of His birth. Luke 2:10-12 (ESV):
And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
We do not celebrate Christmas because of a magical, old man in a red suit that delivers gifts with a sleigh. Rather, the birth of our Savior is the reason we celebrate Christmas.
During this time, I challenge you to focus on Christ and remember that He is the only reason for the season.