It seems like Christ is being taken out of Christmas. Santa Claus, a made up character, now symbolize Christmas. If you look at the picture to the left…it dares to put this fake character with Jesus. This led me to wonder, “How would Jesus want us to celebrate Christmas?”
Would He want us to show the “Christmas spirit?” You might hear about people having the “Christmas spirit.” You’ll quickly realize that “spirit” has nothing to do with the Spirit. It seems like the typical Christmas spirit has more to do with the commercialization of Christmas. Their spirit will push them off their personal fiscal cliff.
A local TV station interviewed some volunteers. Some of these thoughtful people were motivated to volunteer and help out children. One volunteer said, “Christmas is about kids. So, we’re out here giving them a good Christmas.” I commend their noble acts but is that why we have Christmas? Christmas was a gift from God. Jesus’ birth changed history. His birth was to reconcile us to God. Ok, I’m getting ahead of myself.
The so-called War on Christmas is alive. I’m not talking about the skeptic, unbeliever or atheist. We know people opposing Christianity would stand in picket lines to denounce a Nativity scene while defending profanity on TV is freedom of speech. Ironically, they’ll take any free time off that the Christmas season may offer them. I’m talking about well-intended people. Well, I’m being a little liberal in saying the everyday person is waging war on Christmas. I’ve heard parents say that they realize we should be celebrating Jesus. But, they “want to make sure their kids are happy on Christmas.” I’m not opposed to Christmas gifts. I can’t remember the last time that I’ve asked for one. What I am opposed to is this: Forgetting about the Gift (Jesus) and the Gift Giver (God).
My question to you is this, “How would Jesus want us to celebrate Christmas?”
Tell me your thoughts?