I always find it perplexing that non-Christians celebrate “Christmas” – a truly Christian holiday. Every dictionary and common website clearly identifies the primary definition of Christmas as a celebration of Christ’s birth.
Looking at history, a variety of sources will claim that the Christmas season began around 354AD (St. Nicholas who became known as Santa Claus died in 345AD), while others put the origins of Christmas in the 1600’s to as late as the 1900’s. Bottom line is this: Christmas started at Christ’s birth, that’s when Christ was born!
1 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. 4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.
6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:1-7 NKJV)
We are now just 8 days from Christmas. It’s easy to get caught up in the commercialism of Christmas. And even if you aren’t caught up in it, it’s still easy to get distracted; delayed by others – waiting in lines, sitting in excessive traffic delays near stores. And these delays can be easy and quick to aggrevate us.
At all times, no matter where you are, remember this: YOU may be the only “bible” a non-believer reads. How is the plot of your book coming together?
. . . Mine is a work in progress . . . that continues to need editing!