Sunday, December 13, 2015

What is Christmas?








It's Christmas!  Everything is at a fevered pitch.  People blow like the wind through, store after store, searching for that perfect gift for that special person on their list.  Lines are long, tempers are short, and the time left till Christmas is even shorter.   We have spent hours scouring the countryside in search for the perfect tree, or we have dragged the tree out of the closet.  We have decorated the house in anticipation of the long-awaited day.  We have planned parties and went caroling all in hopes of capturing the Christmas spirit.   For some, they listen to the weather forecast in hoping that there will be snow in abundance.  We hope that, somehow, the snow the parties, the lights and tinsel, the cards or the brightly adorned tree will bring some holiday cheer to our lonely hearts.  There is one thing that most of us loose sight of around this time of year.  Christmas is not about how many gifts you give or get; nor is it about having the best-decorated house in the neighborhood, or a tree that is the epitome of perfection.  It's not about singing one more rendition of "Away In a Manger" while standing knee deep in snow in sub-zero weather.  Believe-it-or-not, it's not even about having your family gathered all around.  All of these things are good and wonderful, but you can have none of these things and still have an amazing Christmas.  Christmas is about the single gift that God gave us, his son.  God came to us, to rescue us from the clutches of death.  If we have everything else, the tree, the carols, the gifts, the parties without Christ, it will still be a miserable Christmas; but if we have Christ and nothing else, we can still have the merriest Christmas.

What Is Christmas?


Do you find it hard to sleep til' night,
Resting by the Christmas lights?
Could there be something you forgot?
Beyond the bows, and mistletoes,
The tree with presents wrapped below,
There's more to this than you had ever thought?
Have we lost the reason that we celebrate each year?

[Chorus:]
What is Christmas?
If there never was a Savior wrapped in a manger.
What is Christmas without Christ?

Remember how the story goes,
God's gift was wrapped in swaddling clothes,
Beneath the star, one great and holy night.
The shepherds heard the angels sing,
The wise man brought an offering,
Peace on Earth began in Bethelethm
Have we lost the reason that we celebrate each year?

[Chorus:]
What is Christmas?
If there never was a Savior wrapped in a manger.
What is Christmas?
If the angels never sang 'Glory to the new born king?'
What is Christmas without Christ?

There'd be no gloria
In excelsis deo
Gloria
In excelsis deo

What is Christmas?
If there never was a Savior wrapped in a manger.
What is Christmas without Christ?
This is Christmas,
It’s all about the Savior wrapped in a manger.
This is Christmas,
Because of Jesus Christ!
This is Christmas,
Because of Christ!
Because of Christ!