I did not grow up believing in Santa Claus. We never had Santa figurines around the house or anything that resembled him. It was never something we really talked about either.
In fact we usually opened presents at midnight on Christmas Eve, so the presents were already under the tree and none “magically” appeared on Christmas morning. The only reason I knew for celebrating Christmas was the birth of the Savior Jesus Christ.
However, over the years it became easier to take the primary reason for the season of Christmas for granted. With all that comes with trying to buy presents for all on your list, Jesus gets buried underneath the “to-do” list.
There is stress that builds from having to figure out the best gifts to give and making sure there is enough funds to cover them all. Some of us even spend what we don’t have in order to not leave anyone out from receiving a gift that we believe they should get.
But God knew from the beginning of time what gift we needed and how much it would cost Him.
Therefore, this year I wanted to make sure that I made a conscious effort of reminding myself and my children that the real reason for celebrating Christmas is the amazing gift that God the Father gave to us over 2000 years ago.
God gave us His Son as a gift to express His love for us. This gift was giving to us with the purpose of saving us from a fate worse than death. This was a gift we did not deserve, yet through God’s grace we have an opportunity to live with Him for eternity through this gift of His Son.
God chose to be separated from His Son for a time by giving Him to us so that we can receive salvation. What an amazing sacrifice!
So how can we make sure we do not forget Jesus during this holiday season?
- Pray: thank God for the gift of His Son on a daily basis.
- Sing: make joyful sounds with your voice in celebration of the coming Savior’s birth.
- Read: take some time out to read the Christmas story as found in Matthew 1:18-25; Matthew 2:1-12; Luke 1:26-38; Luke 2:1-20.
- Give: invest yourself in other’s lives this Christmas not just by giving a material possession but by giving love to those that may not deserve it.
- Remember: “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17 (NLT)
So, let us not forget that Jesus is the reason for the season and He should have His rightful place in our hearts as we celebrate the day of His birth this Christmas!