Christmas Still means Christ Birthday
What a miraculous time of year if you know Christ and the true meaning of the season.
It is hard to find decorations that represent or express the reason for Christmas. Dec. 25 is a day to celebrate the birth of Christ, “A festival or holiday to celebrate the birth if Christ. Period.”
Every year I have noticed it becomes less frequent to find any decorations or displays that symbolize or serve as a symbol of the true meaning if the day. As I was shopping with one of my daughters recently I couldn’t believe the Christmas decorations. There was nothing on display that related to the true meaning of Christmas. There was a big display in a big store, all lit up and sparkling and it surely caught the eye, especially of the children. Some of the lighted displays are beautiful. Many contain an angel, a snowman, a bell, a tree, etc.
One that totally caught me off guard was a display for the outside of a home. It was a big pink pig. A deer we have seen many times- but a pig? As we were looking around and talking to a very friendly salesperson, a woman came up and asked the salesperson if they had any nativity scenes.
To make a long story short, they did not have any, they had not had any and they probably would not have any. She then asked if she might know of another store in the area that might have one. The answer was no. My daughter told her she had seen some in a Christian bookstore and gave her directions to it.
I asked the salesperson why they didn’t have any for sale.
She explained it was out of her hands to what the store (big chain store) ordered or displayed. I told her for what it’s worth there are some customers that would like to see a Christmas display and would she pass the word to her employer. She commented “I will but it will do no good.”
Sounds like a challenge for Christians to me.
What made this so real to me was the thought of the conditions the world before Christ came. It’s a little different comparison. However, the people that should have shown love to the world before Christ, were so bound up in tradition they showed no love. The Pharisees, Sadducees and other different sects followed the law to the letter but showed no love.
To me, love was born at Christmas, “For God so loved the world.” How much more could he love it? To send his only begotten son.
I am so thankful when I remember all the Christmas holidays from my childhood. In our little community the highlight of the season was having a Christmas play at the little church. The focus was on the birth of Christ. The Christmas carols brought a sense of peace as they rang out over the community on Christmas Eve. Many didn’t have much but they seemed to be content with what they had. Is the love disappearing as in the days before Christ was born?
There seems to be so many that dread Christmas. They are in such a hurry to accomplish so much they get lost in the shuffle. The concern for spending more money than you have, making sure everyone gets the present they want, brings anxiety to many. You see frowns and hear people speaking in a unkind manner to each other because they are caught up in a materialistic atmosphere. I have seen it happen more every year.
There are many that love God, that acknowledge Christmas as the birth of his son. But it seems our voice and concern for important things are getting dimmer and dimmer. Soon at the pace things are going our grandchildren will not know the true meaning of Christmas. Are we becoming as the ones who were supposed to show the love of God to the world? The Pharisees and different religious sects lost the true meaning of God’s intended love for humanity.
So, God gave his son to bring love into the world once more. Are we acknowledging that or caught up in the misconception of God’s love?
One thing remains superior in power and importance unless they change the word, Christmas still means Christ’s birthday.