Saturday, December 10, 2011

What Is Christmas?

First Advent and first candle is lit
Photo Credit: Per Ola Wiberg (Creative Commons)

I believe that this is the busiest time of the year. With all the Christmas preparations it's easy to lose focus on the real meaning of Christmas.

Christmas is not about shopping, decorating, menu planning or going to parties. All of these are good things, but in the midst of it all, don't miss out on the best that this season has to offer.

Christmas is about...

  • Family - God created a family for Jesus with Mary and Joseph, and because Jesus came to earth as a baby and grew up to become a man who would die on the cross for our sins, we can be a part of God's family.
  • Relationships - Without Jesus we have no chance to have a relationship with God.
  • Love - It's the reason why Jesus left heaven to come to earth to save us from our sins and to give us the ultimate gift -- eternal life.
  • God's sovereignty - No man, not even Herod, could stop God's plan to provide salvation for all.
  • God's faithfulness - God had promised a Savior for years and in His perfect timing He kept that promise.
  • Patience - Some like Anna waited years for the Messiah. We will not always get what we want when we want it. Like Anna, we must learn to wait patiently on the Lord to provide exactly what we need.
What is Christmas to you? What are you doing this season to remember the real meaning of Christmas?


  1. I love your list of what Christmas is. So true...I've tried to be more mindful this year of celebrating the Christ. Shopping from my lazy boy has been a blessing and allowed more time for reflecting on God's gift.

  2. Amen ! Wonderful post !

  3. Christmas is about... patience. A new thought for me. The world waited for the Savior many generations and we are waiting for His second coming. It's our hope.
    "For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?" Romans 8:24 Sounds like our patience will be rewarded.

  4. My Christmas is simpler this year as I am recovering from surgery but I am loving being at home and enjoying the real Christmas rather than the shopping and hustling around.

  5. You are so right. Thank you for reminding all of us of what Christmas is really all about. Sometimes it's easy to forget.




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