I am thankful I can still say “Merry Christmas”, and don’t have to say “Happy Holidays”. I am thankful for the emphasis on Christ’s birthday at this time of year. I am thankful that I can openly speak about Christ in December, even “witness” to others about him.
I understand that Jesus Christ most likely was not born in December, especially December 25th. I understand that December 25th used to be a pagan holiday. I understand that the “mas” part of Christmas is Catholic in origin, along with the significance of that. I understand that the Bible does not command us to celebrate Jesus’ birthday.
I understand all of that, but still I am thankful that we can celebrate the birth of Christ. It was a fantastic glorious miracle after all. I am so very thankful that the God and creator of the universes decided to send His Son down here clothed in the flesh of mortal man. I am thankful for His virgin birth and the role that Mary played in the story.
I am thankful that Herod was unsuccessful in finding and killing Jesus as a baby. I am thankful that he grew up to be a man and then fulfilled his purpose here by dying on the cross for our sins, being buried and rising again the third day according to the scriptures.
The entirety of Jesus’ death seems to be the most important thing for our salvation, but he first needed to be born and to live in order to do that. So all of his life, including his birth is important. All this is why I say, “Merry Christmas”, and not just “Happy Holidays”.
Have a Merry Christmas!
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