The end of my “25 days of Christmas” photo challenge (check posts below) leads me to asking, what is the meaning of Christmas? I’m tempted to say, “family”. Heck, I know lots of people who aren’t Christian who have a Christmas tree and exchange gifts. I’ve even heard that Christmas has pagan roots. Looking past all of this, what should Christmas mean, or what does it mean to me?
Mathew 1:23 reads, “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” It’s funny because it was Christmas Day I remembered that I somehow forgot about the true meaning of it all along. The meaning of Christmas is honoring the birth of Jesus Christ.
I’ve always had mixed feelings about the holiday. We can all get so wrapped up in the material things and forget what’s important. But there’s something very beautiful about Christmas time: it requires you to think of others. It brings people together. If done right, it reminds us of what we should truly be grateful for.
My Christmas memory was from when I was a little kid. I received a Christmas sweater I didn’t like, and I actually told the person who gave it to me what to get me instead the next year. Yes, I was that kid.
Sometimes when I reflect on the person I used to be, and in some ways the person I am becoming, I feel so grateful. My memories, good and bad, are not me.
Regardless of what you may have received this Christmas season, there’s is one gift available to all: salvation. This means that everything that separates and divides you from the love of God is taken away because Jesus Christ died on a cross for your sins. This gift reminds me everyday that my worth is beyond any number.
You are loved and eternally valuable! Merry “day-after” Christmas! 🙂
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