Updated: Dec 22, 2020

Let me tell you an exciting story, one you may have heard so many times before.

So many decades ago, before you and I were born, two people planned on getting married. Theirs was a one-of-a-kind sort of relationship because it didn't follow the conventional boy-meets-girl pattern; they didn't even go on a proper date and stuff. But then something strange happened, the lady got pregnant without intercourse (that is, by the Holy Spirit's power and without a man's input). As expected, this turn of events was unacceptable to the man even though she was his betrothed, and he decided to call it quits. But then an angel paid him a visit at night and discouraged him from doing so because the unborn baby was destined to be great. There was a lot of opposition to his birth and overall existence. Despite these oppositions, in the end, the baby was born in a manger and received unique gifts from the three wise men. I'm sure by now; you must have guessed the baby's name is; Jesus!

The story has been told in so many variants by so many people, but there is one central message. The birth of Jesus Christ is what brought about Christmas. Historically, the word 'Christmas' was coined from the two words 'Christ's Mass,' which means celebrating the Eucharist or Holy Communion in honor of Jesus Christ ( I hope I don't sound too preachy)! And even though the world has undergone evolution in various ways and Christmas celebrations have become more flashy with each passing year, it doesn't take away that the real reason for the season is Jesus! Early Christians decided to celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December, but this is not to say that Jesus was born on that date.

Christmas represents different things to different people, such as hope, joy, kindness, exchange of gifts, celebration, family time, fancy dinner, drinks, romance, holiday, love, etcetera. These are fantastic things to look forward to at the end of the year, especially if that year is as draining as 2020. However, it wouldn't hurt to take a moment and remind ourselves of the basics once in a while.

Think about Jesus, our beloved Savior, his life here on earth. And also, think about why his coming into this world was essential in the first place. He was in heaven, living far away from the sinfulness and pain on earth, and then God the Father sent him to the world to save us from our sins. God's only begotten, son! Our Almighty Father let Jesus be born in human form, live life among the humans, to experience all the emotions, temptations, and at the same time to save each one of us as well. God wanted to relate to us personally instead of what was at play in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible. So, Jesus was both human and Spirit, and he fulfilled what God told him to do on earth, crucified, and died to save us from our sins. Even though I've read the Holy Bible a few times, I'm in awe every time I think about the perfect sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for us!

As you go about the Christmas traditions, decorating the Christmas tree, singing carols, fancy dinner/parties, sharing gifts, please, do not lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas and the person it is about (Jesus Christ, our beloved Savior)! As you celebrate, be sure to do what Jesus would do; be kind to everyone, not just your family and friends. Be the reason someone smiles this season, despite how sad the year has been. And as you spread love and good cheer, remember to share the good news of Jesus Christ, our beloved Savior who is and will be the reason for the season!

Merry Christmas! Take care, and God Bless!

I love you! Hugs!

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