With the flurry of presents, cookie baking, parties and time spent with the relatives, it’s easy to forget why we celebrate Christmas. Traditions passed down over the years can sometimes make us forget why Dec. 25 is a special day on the calendar.
Christmas used to be a pagan holiday, but Christians turned it into a holiday to celebrate the birth of Christ.
The season of giving, for the Christian faith, is a reminder of the ultimate gift – the birth of a savior who would die for our sins. We give gifts to show our love for our friends and relatives, just as God showed his love through the birth of his son.
While not everyone holds to the Christian faith, the holidays have become a time of giving back to others and to reflect on what’s important in life. Whether that reflection is done around a fireplace with family or at a church service with candles, people can take time away from the busyness of the season.
- "Church service with family." – Carl Hampel
- "Thanking God for all my blessings. Candlelight service at church." – Hope Carol Langhoff
How do you celebrate the true meaning of Christmas? Tell us in the comments.