Usually, I can’t wait to start playing Christmas music, stringing up lights, and doing my Christmas baking! I’m ready to go by Canadian Thanksgiving (beginning of October) and my husband has to reign me in a bit, but I just LOVE the holiday season…most of the time.
It’s all great until I hear people talking about the toy they HAVE to get their kids, all the gifts they HAVE to buy for everyone, how much money Christmas will cost, all the places they have to go and all the things that need to be done. People get so stressed out over the hustle and consumerism of Christmas that they lose sight of the real meaning. Even a lot of Christians get caught in the “Christmas trap”, though they still attend Christmas services at church they are not truly taking time to reflect on the Advent season.
I hate hearing about how much stress people inflict on themselves during Christmas. I hate hearing about greed, kids whining over a certain toy, how much debt someone is going in to for the holidays…but most of all, I hate hearing it when someone says they can’t wait for Christmas to be over.
As someone who loves Christmas, and celebrating the birth of Jesus, this hurts me. It hurts me because I know those people have either lost sight of the true meaning or they never knew what Christmas was all about to begin with. If someone knows what took place in Bethlehem all those thousands of years ago, why would they be anything but joyful during the season of Christ’s birth?
1 | On the off chance there is someone reading this who has never heard the Christmas story, let me summarize it for you:The first people God created sinned, thus cutting all of humanity off from God and making us imperfect in His eyes (Genesis 3:1-24).
2 | In Biblical times the penalty for sinning, or going against God’s laws, was death (Romans 6:23).
3 |God loves His people so much and wanted to give us the chance to spend eternity with Him in Heaven, so He sent Jesus to live and die here on Earth for our sins (John 3:16).
4 | Jesus was born to a virgin (Matthew 1:23), went on to perform miracles and teachings (read about them here), was crucified and rose again (Matthew chapters 27 and 28).
All of that took place so that we could be offered the gift of grace, and turn from our sins to live our lives the way God wants. Doing so means we can have assurance that we will have eternal life in heaven! We celebrate the birth of Christ each December in remembrance of the event that changed human history forever.
If you are celebrating Christmas for any other reason, I encourage you to give some thought to what I’ve said here.
My intention with this post isn’t to insult or offend anybody. I can’t pretend to know what it’s like to tell a child “No, you can’t have that toy”, but I do know what it’s like to feel the stress of buying gifts for family, trying to be sure the house is perfect for guests, and getting caught up in so much decorating that I lose track of what’s really important.
If you are someone who is usually frazzled and stressed about the holiday season, I hope you won’t see this post as judgmental, but rather as a motivator to reevaluate HOW you celebrate. I invite you to read through our post on ways to keep Christ in Christmas this year.