The world has been in a culture war for possession of Christmas Day for hundreds of years. It’s worth noting that December 25 was originally an ancient pagan holiday in northern Scandinavia. The sun completely disappeared during those winter months, and they thought that if they threw a really good party the sun would be inclined to return in the spring. For thousands of years it seemed to work pretty well, so people kept it up.
The truth is, we really don’t know the exact date of Christ’s birth. Yet atheists, Christians, humanists, and polytheists all seem to find new things to fight about when it comes to who “owns” Christmas Day. And the only ones who really seem to be winning are the retailers!
But maybe all the bickering is misguided. I think my dad, Stuart, puts things in an interesting perspective: “The spirit of Christmas needs to be superseded by the Spirit of Christ. The spirit of Christmas is annual; the Spirit of Christ is eternal. The spirit of Christmas is sentimental; the Spirit of Christ is supernatural. The spirit of Christmas is a human product; the Spirit of Christ is a divine person. That makes all the difference in the world.”
My encouragement to you is this: As important as Christmas is as a holiday, let your celebration of it pale in comparison to your celebration of Christ in you every day.
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