Let’s not forget the true meaning of Christmas

A person can never be the same after they have had a child born into their family!

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One of the most interesting things about this time of the year is that in the shops, the media and everywhere else so many people’s attentions are focused on happiness. People travel far and wide to celebrate Christmas with family and friends. There seems to be a build-up to Christmas-day, and malls and shops play Christmas music endlessly.
Maybe that first Christmas was something like what we see today! They had the angels singing, so the air was filled with Christmas music. They had the shepherds visiting, like local friends dropping by. And they had the wise men coming in from out of town; they did not make it in time for Christmas, but they got there for the same reason! Like when we go to visit family in other cities, and we are not there for Christmas, but we do show up around this time of year!
But let’s not forget the real meaning of Christmas. Luke 2:20 records for us that after the shepherds had visited the baby, they returned! In fact, if you think about it, for almost everybody life got back to normal after that first Christmas day! The angels silenced their singing. The wise men made the long trip back home. And it seems like everybody forgot about that Holy night! So much so, that we do not even know for sure what day Christ was really born! The shepherds returned as did everybody else! When Christmas has passed this year, will you simply return to life as normal, perhaps praising God for the chance for a short opportunity to celebrate Christmas, and return to your routine life none different than you were before? Or will you, like Mary and Joseph have your lives radically changed by Christmas?
A person can never be the same after they have had a child born into their family! And when a baby is born, many people come to see the little child, visit the hospital, bring some flowers, or perhaps a small gift, and hug the little thing a second or two, but then go home.
When we consider our visit with Christ this Christmas, will we go away more like those who stop by for a few minutes to see the baby and then go on with life as normal? Or will we be more like a parent, whose life is never again the same because of the birth of Christ? For Joseph and Mary, Christmas was more than a once a year celebration, It was a day by day reality! While everyone else went away from Bethlehem.
The same is true with our relationship with Christ. Christmas is almost here, and what kind of crowd we all are? Are we like the shepherds, and the wise men, who came to see Jesus, but then returned to their own lives? Or are we like Mary and Joseph, for whom Christmas was only the beginning of a radical new way of life? Let us not only hand out Christmas presents but also take with us the presence of the Baby that was born in Bethlehem, back to our everyday lives. Peace, hope and love! A Merry Christmas to you, for 364 days of the year, besides Christmas, as well!

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