Twenty days to Christmas is a pretty ideal time frame, personally, to be pondering and reflecting upon this holiday which we eagerly await year after year. We all have our own entitlement of opinions and beliefs as to why we celebrate Christmas - all with the central relevance of commemorating Christ’s birth.
It has been ingrained in us, it seems, to celebrate Christmas. It’s become mandatory, and sadly, it has taken away the Christmas spirit in us. We buy presents for our loved ones, set up the tree, hang up tinsel and lights, prepare a Christmas feast for the family, and yet it is all but a routine. Because we’re expected to do so. You are a grinch if you don’t “celebrate” Christmas.
As the cliche goes, “Christmas is about Jesus, not Santa Clause, not the presents, not the holiday ham,
not the snow, and for those working - not about the holiday pay. The aforementioned brings us joy, so why shouldn’t it be the reasons for Christmas?
I do believe that these materialistic things, these society-appeasing gestures are secondary and are the end result of putting Christ in the center of it all. I mean, He wouldn’t want us to sulk at Christmas, with empty palms. But Matt.6:33 gives us a heads up - Jesus first, and we shall then receive our heart’s desires.
Gifts, parties, caroling, feasting - these are manifestations of joy and thanksgiving of Christ’s birth. I mean, it really is a celebration.
So why not put in a lot of love into Christmas? And even beyond the holiday, we’re bound to experience love and joy and happiness when we will ourselves to live in the fact that Christ is alive, Christ was sent by God, and that He is our source of joy.