Why I Celebrate Christmas

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Contrary to the phrase, Jesus is the reason for the season, in truth, He isn’t. The original reason for observing December 25th began in ancient Rome where they celebrated Dies Natali Invictus — the birthday of the unconquered—the day of the birth of the unconquered sun, set on the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, and the sun supposedly made the days become longer again.

In A.D. 324 Constantine wanted to unify and stabilize his Empire, therefore he sought to reconcile by blending and meshing pagan practices with Christian beliefs, to merge paganism with the Roman church.

For this reason I do not worry about keeping Christ in Christmas, because at its inception He wasn’t in Christmas. If we want to get technical, His birth was more than likely in September. In truth, Jesus isn’t concerned with us celebrating His birth, He wants to be our every day celebration.

Even so, I do not reject celebrating Christmas. I love it! It is a time of centering. A time to refocus, renew, and remind myself of those things that are so important to Christ—not singing happy birthday to him, but to open my heart to others. This season serves as a springboard into the New Year to fulfill the law of love. That is what Jesus taught and desires.

For me, Christmas is family and friends. Love and laughter. Not so much as giving presents but being present. Therefore, I wish you a Merry Christmas and hope that all that is important to Christ—feeding the poor, clothing the naked, forgiving, loving your neighbor—will also be important to you!

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