Tuesday, December 23, 2008

My 2 Cents about Christmas

If you're a Christian, then you know all about Jesus having to share his birthday with Santa. I'm sure some of you will disagree with me, but I think there is room for both. At my mother's church this past Sunday, we learned the condensed version of the history of Christmas. Christians didn't start celebrating His birth until 320AD. And the date, December 25th, was chosen to coincide with other pagan celebrations. The Bible actually makes no reference to the importance of celebrating Jesus' birth. (I wonder why that is) But the Bible does continually express God's desire for us to exalt and worship Him always. This is what I do every day.
I grew up learning about Jesus and also knowing the excitement and anticipation of Santa's arrival. My Sunday School teacher made an exclamation the other day about how cool it is that there is so much "advertising for Jesus" with all the decorations and sales and Santa. Isn't that a good way to look at it?
That's it for a few days. I'll be celebrating. I'll be loving on my family. Remembering the past. Watching my loved ones open presents. Opening some of my own. And also, wishing Jesus a Happy Birthday.
Merry Christmas to you all.


Ali said...

I absolutely agree. There is room for both.
Happy Birthday, Jesus. Now let's celebrate by pretending a fat guy in a red suit bearing gifts slides down our chimneys!

He And Me + 3 said...

I grew up knowing about Santa but for sure knowing that the real reason for Christmas was to celebrate the birth of our Savior. We always read the Christmas story in Luke & pray before opening our presents. For sure their is room for both. Merry Christmas Leah!

Cathy said...

Jesus is the Reason for the Season! Merry Christmas!