Christmas is the day on which most Christians commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. In most countries, it is celebrated on December 25 not as a religious celebration but as a cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. The day has become so commercialized that we are losing the real meaning for celebrating the day.
While December 25 may not be the actual day of His birth, it is the date that the church fathers established in the early-to-mid 4th century. The Western Christian Church placed Christmas on December 25, a date later adopted in the East, although some churches celebrate on the December 25 of the older Julian calendar, which, in the Gregorian calendar, currently corresponds to January 7, the day after the Western Christian Church celebrates the Epiphany.
Christmas is not about decorating the house with lights, drinking eggnog or ponche crema, eating ham and fruit cake, or spending time with the family, laughing and loving each other. Don’t get me wrong, all of those things are wonderful, and I love them. But we must not forget the real reason for the season!
Christmas celebrates the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; it’s a reminder of the prophetic words coming to pass. “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”Isaiah 9:6 (NASB)
Before you begin to celebrate, remember to be thankful that God sent His only Son into the world to redeem you from the power of sin and death. Keep Christ in Christmas.
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