What’s Christmas? Why do we celebrate it? What is x-mas all about? Have you ever asked these questions about Christmas before? I used to ask some of them when I was little.
The true meaning of Christmas is pretty simple — Jesus. Jesus is the reason for the season. It tells us here in Luke 1:26-56 about how the angel Gabriel came to a virgin girl named Mary and told her she was gonna have a baby not just any baby she was gonna have Jesus, and in Luke 2:1-40 its talks about how they had to travel to Bethlehem to pay taxes and how there was no room at any of the inns and that the baby had to be born in a barn. That’s the Christmas story. Just read Luke 1:26-56 and Luke 2:1-40 and you have read the Christmas story.
Have you ever wondered why we celebrate Jesus’ birthday on Christmas? I will tell you, people who study history studied on Jesus’ birth and they don’t really know when he was born. But it really does not matter because as long as we celebrate his birthday it does not really matter when he was born.
Why do we call it Christmas? Back in the early church time people used to get together for communion or celebrate Christs birthday. They would call these get togethers masses. So when they celebrated Christs birthday they called it Christs’ mass and over the years we have shorted Christs’ mass to Christmas!
If Christmas is about Jesus and not about the presents or the Christmas tree,then is it still okay to get a Christmas tree and buy presents? Sure it is still okay to buy presents because the presents remind us that even though the presents are cool God gave us the best gift of all – Jesus! It is also okay to put up a Christmas tree because it reminds us of along time ago there were people that worshiped another God not Jesus ,but a false God. They believed that the God dwelled in this big tree in the middle of nowhere,and if anyone cut it down they would be punished. But, there was this one guy who believed in Jesus and decided to cut down the tree. The people watched as the tree came down and nothing happened. Then they all started worshiping the one true God – Jesus! So the tree reminds us that Jesus is the one true God!
X-mas what is that? A lot of you may have heard about the word x-mas before. It is Christmas shorted but notice that the x covers Christ. So what do you think the purpose of the word x-mas is? To take Christ out of Christmas. Just like Happy Holidays. People say Happy Holidays to take Christ out of Christmas as well. So if you know that Jesus is the reason for the season (aka: the reason we celebrate Christmas) then I suggest you start saying Merry Christmas instead of Merry X-mas or Happy Holidays.
Merry Christmas every one!