The Most Wonderful Time

December 25 is the day that most people celebrate Christmas. For many, Christmas is associated with giving gifts and decorating with Christmas Trees, Wreaths, Holly, and Candy Canes. It is often a time to connect with family and friends and enjoy holiday feasting and Christmas cookies.

Christmas tree

The Heart of Christmas

Some things about Christmas:

Maybe you wonder why Christmas begins a month before Christmas. The Christmas season traditionally starts with Advent, the fourth Sunday before December 25. It is, in its original sense, a time of expectation and preparation for celebrating the Christ’s Birth and also His anticipated return.

Christmas is a time of wonder and celebration. Read Luke 1 and 2 in the Bible.

Christmas comes from the Old English word Cristesmæsse, meaning “Christ’s Mass”, and is the time celebrating Jesus birth.

Decorating a Christmas tree, usually an evergreen tree, reminds us of the eternal life that we can have through Jesus, and that Jesus is alive.

Holly Berries remind us of Jesus’ blood that He gave when He died, the thorns remind us of the Crown of Thorns He wore, and the leaves which stay green in the winter can also remind us of the Life He brings through both His death and miraculous resurrection.

Santa Claus comes from the dutch word Sinterklaas, or Saint Nicholas. Nicholas, according to legend, was a man who followed Jesus’ teachings on giving to the poor. On several occasions he supposedly gave gifts to needy people by dropping bags of money down their chimneys.

Giving meaningful gifts to those we love can be our way of remembering God’s Perfect Gift given to those He loved.

Giving to those in need, reminds us of what the Christmas Story means for the world in need of redemption.

The Gift that Keeps Giving

As you celebrate during this season, make a special effort to discover the Heart of Christmas. Make it a time of experiencing the incredible blessing of giving, reading the original Christmas Story and thinking about its meaning. And most of all I pray that you will reallize the blessings and Joy of Christmas all year long.