Why we celebrate Christmas
I am sitting here on my last day of work waiting for phone calls. How is that any different? I guess it isn’t. Anyway, I was thinking, why do we really celebrate Christmas? A lot of people seem to forget why. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ yet all I hear on the news and from people’s mouths is people shooting, punching, kicking and beating each other to make sure Johnny gets a PS3. People are paying sometimes 3 or 4 times or more of the actual cost to make sure that they have the latest in electronic wizardry under the tree. As much as I like all of that electronic stuff, it saddens me that the world is going down this path.
It’s funny if you actually read the appropriate Bible verses on this event. If you actually read it and do some study of it, you will see that it’s probably not possible that the birth happened on December 25th. Shepherds are not likely in the fields in the middle of December. They are probably holed up in the barn. So why is everybody grumpy if you can’t get that present under the tree by the big day? I don’t know. Maybe it’s dissatisfaction in their current predicament. Maybe spending money recklessly and tisking people when they get in your way fills a hole in their heart. This hole should be filled with the Holy Spirit, the spirit of giving and the spirit of forgiveness. A lot of people say they believe in God and follow the Bible but they are hypocrites when they act in this way.
It’s so bad out there that in Cub Scouts, my son’s leader said all kinds of wishy washy things when they talk about the Cub Scout Promise:
I, (say your name), promise
to DO MY BEST
To do my DUTY to GOD
And my Country
To HELP other people, and
To OBEY the LAW of the Pack
Duty to GOD! How many people forget this duty? Even I do at times. The simple fact is there was only one man who lived his entire life without sin. It’s that man’s birthday we are celebrating.
So when you’re gathering at the table for Christmas dinner and opening gifts under the tree, try to do the right thing and keep your ego in check. If something a family member says gets to you, just let it slide off. Too many people take every single thing that anyone says seriously. Sometimes it’s just their ego speaking out. Remember that.
After God, your family needs to come first. So, spend time with your families. Love them. Cherish this time. For this time together may never come again. You NEVER know when one of yoru family members may be hit by a car or struck down by cancer. Feel fortunate that you have your health and are able to buy even one present per person. Some people can’t buy any.