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?