Saturday, December 24, 2011
Once again, it’s Christmas. This year, several store clerks wished me “Merry Christmas.” I’m so glad they didn’t feel obligated to be politically correct and wish me “Happy Holidays” instead.
So what is Christmas? Most people know it’s celebrated on December 25 and often involves the exchanging of gifts, decorating Christmas trees, and putting up lights. But is that what Christmas really is? Not really.
Perhaps you remember A Charlie Brown Christmas, first broadcast on TV in 1965 but repeated many times since then. When Charlie Brown sought the real meaning of Christmas, Linus came to the rescue by reciting the story of the birth of Jesus from the Gospel of Luke. “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them…And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.’” (Luke 2:8-11, King James Version)
Linus got it right. That is what Christmas is all about.
So wherever you are and whatever your circumstances this December 25, Merry Christmas!