Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV)
Christmas is a wonderful time of year. There are many things that make Christmas special, like spending time with family and friends, people giving to one another and showing love, and of course the celebration of Jesus birth. All of these things are great and worth focusing on. But it would be nice if people spent more time with family and friends during the whole year. It would also be nice if people were more loving and giving during the whole year. And it would be wonderful if people recognized all year long, and not just in December, that Jesus came to the earth to save mankind.
People tend to go to one of two extremes about Christmas. Some people see it as just a gift giving holiday while others tend to over spiritualize everything about Christmas. This second group of people will not have a Christmas tree; they dislike anything that is secular and in their eyes takes away from the emphasis being on Jesus. But is it possible to find a balance between all of the things the world focuses on and the spiritual truth we find in Christmas? I believe we can enjoy the celebration time with family and friends, and the giving and outpouring of love while still keeping our focus on Jesus.
The real story of Christmas is that while Jesus came to us as a baby He was and is the Son of God. All year long it is good to remember that Jesus was more than a baby born in a manger; Jesus is Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace. Whatever we need, all year long, Jesus made it available for us! The real story of Christmas is more than just a story about a baby born sometime in history; the real story of Christmas is that it is a never ending story, a story of good news for all people all year long.