Why Christmas?

Why Christmas?  Why the fuss?  Why do we need such a day on the calendar at all?

So, here we are again into this Christmas season.  People are hustling about looking for a good buy on one more gift on their shopping list.  There are the list for the Christmas party or three or four.  There is the list for gifts for co-workers, friends, and family.  Then there is all the time it takes to find the right tree, get it up and get it decorated.  Don’t forget the baking needs to get done.  Clean sheets on the bed for our guest of course!  Christmas is a lot of work!

So, why do it, if it has no meaning?  Are you celebrating just because your family has always done so?  Are you doing it to fit into a social norm?  Why are you celebrating Christmas?

In my home and in my heart Christmas is so much more that the work and the preparations.  Christmas isn’t about any of that.  Christmas is that one time a year when I can, with abandon, celebrate the birth of the King of kings, the Lord of lords, and my own Savior.

My biggest problem is not letting myself get caught up into the commercialism that has become Christmas for the modern world.  Don’t misunderstand me- I love buying gifts; I love decorating; I love baking; I really love the family time.  I just don’t want to forget, in the midst of all this, that Christmas is Christ’s day.  I totally get that Jesus was not likely born on December 25th. Yet, for whatever reason, it is the day that has been set aside to celebrate His birth.

Christmas is Jesus’ Birthday.  I want that day to celebrate my Savior and my Lord.  It takes much effort to keep Christ in Christmas, but if I can’t do that, then, Why Christmas?


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