Why Celebrate Christmas?

 

What is the point to celebrating Christmas?

I’m sitting in my kitchen as I write this, doing some Christmas baking, making cookies I associate with Childhood Christmases. As I write I am aware this post will appear on Sunday, the third one of the Advent season.

For Christians it is a festive season. The rest of the world seems to follow suit. Retailers certainly like the extra business that comes with gift giving. But if you aren’t a Christian, is there really anything to celebrate? Shouldn’t Christmas be depressing for those who don’t believe that the baby born in Bethlehem really was the savior of humanity?

If he was just a baby, then there are billions of deluded people out there. That should be enough to stop you from celebrating. Why reinforce what you believe to be false? Even more depressing if the Christmas story is true and you choose not to believe it.

The central question facing each of us is: “Who is Jesus Christ?” Your answer determines whether you should be comfortable celebrating the Christmas season.

This year, if you haven’t already, why not take a look at the Christmas story as history? Examine the birth of the baby Jesus. Look at his life. Then consider his death and reported resurrection.

If the Biblical accounts are true, then there is indeed good reason to celebrate the season. But how can you be sure, one way or another, if you don’t do an honest examination yourself?

2 comments

  1. Brad Darbyson · · Reply

    “But how can you be sure, one way or another, if you don’t do an honest examination yourself?”

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful if an honest examination could make you sure without further needing faith?

  2. Although not religious myself, Christmas is still an incredibly special time as it brings so many people together and brings happiness to so many. Especially for children, it’s magical.

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