Why Do We Celebrate Christmas? Part 1

Christmas! We celebrate it every year! So of course we know what it’s all about, right?  But what do you first think of when you hear the word Christmas? Maybe…

  • “Man I’ve still got some shopping to do!”
  • Presents, Christmas trees, family dinner, presents, eggnog, Santa, reindeer, White Christmas, presents

Christmas is supposed to be the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year”! But many of us are stressed out and worn out. “Will they like my present?” “Am I going to get the present I really, really want?”

Have you begun to wonder that “Maybe Christmas…doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more”?

Let’s slow down a bit and remember–Christmas was God’s idea. So…we shouldn’t be tyrannized by the false expectations and distractions of “The Holiday Season.” Christmas is a call back to reality–God’s reality–that “all the hopes and fears of all our years” are met in the birth of Jesus. That first Christmas changed the world and our lives forever! If Christmas is true then we have cause to celebrate 24/7, 365 days a year!

As we prepare to celebrate Christmas Day, let’s remember why we celebrate Christmas. Over the next week, we’ll consider three reasons why we need to celebrate Christmas from the gospel of Luke, chapter 2.

  • To remind each other that our lives really are part of God’s Story—God has not forgotten us!
  • To remind each other that God has met our greatest need—God sent us a Savior, Jesus!
  • To remind each other that He will set this world to rights—God really will bring peace on earth!

To kick things off, won’t you take some time to read the Christmas Story?

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