The Reason For The Season

November 24, 2014

The Reason For The Season

            Why do you celebrate Christmas?  Not all of us have the same reason for celebrating the season.

For some, Christmas is an occasion to get together with relatives and friends.  Usually that brings happiness, but sometimes it ends in arguments and hurt feelings.

For business people, it’s a time of increased sales.  They say, “Well people are going to spend money anyhow, so we may as well take advantage of it.”

Some people look forward to Christmas because of the excitement of receiving gifts.  It is a joy to receive gifts, but there are often some that we don’t want or need.

Many look forward to sitting down to the table and eating the Christmas dinner.  There is usually an abundance of good food and some special dishes that don’t often appear on the table.

For some, Christmas is a time for big parties with dancing and drinking.

Some may just enjoy all that has become a part of Christmas; things like the decorations, the music, special greetings, and Christmas cards.

No doubt, for some, various or all of the above are included in their reason for celebrating the season.

The honest truth is that history confirms the fact that Christmas began as a pagan holiday.  Around the fourth century the Catholic Church converted it to a Christian holiday by giving it some Christian connotations.  For centuries now Christmas has been purported to be in commemoration of the birth of Christ in Bethlehem.

Holidays are celebrated in commemoration of something special.  For example, Veteran’s Day is celebrated in commemoration of the soldiers, living and dead, who defended our country.  Easter is celebrated in commemoration of the resurrection of Christ.  The Fourth of July is celebrated in commemoration of the victory our forefathers won against England, and gave us a free country.  Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks to God for his goodness to us.  Even birthdays are celebrated because someone has completed another year of life.

The fact that Jesus was willing to leave heaven’s glory and come to this earth and be born as a babe in a manger is certainly reason for a great celebration.  At Christmas we celebrate, not just Jesus birth, but that he became a man and lived among us. He proved, by the way he lived, that he was truly the Son of God.  Then he gave his life in a cruel death for our sins, so that we can be forgiven and have a glorious future.

There needs to be a reason for a celebration.   If you choose to celebrate the season without a reason, or for a reason that leaves Jesus Christ out, that is your privilege.  However, please don’t censure those who celebrate it in commemoration of the birth of Christ.

 

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