I wrote the following blog post in 2015 to explore the meaning of Christmas and the role of Jesus in the Christmas story (and in our lives today). I hope this blesses you today as you prepare for yet another Christmas day and the new year ahead.
Our first Christmas with Sue, 2011. She loves Christmas (but not the Santa hat).
I admit it: I’m hooked on Christmas movies. I like the sweet, funny, crazy ones, even the low budget ones. I appreciate that they’re wholesome and family-focused, with themes about forgiveness, love, and generosity.
Most Christmas TV shows and movies tell us Christmas is a time for:
- Forgiveness and second chances
- Rebirth and renewal
- Telling the truth
- Falling in love
- Being generous with the needy
- Hope and faith
- Family traditions
- Wishes and miracles
- Christmas spirit.
All of this is nice, but it’s incomplete. The truth about Christmas is so much bigger and more meaningful.
Words of Meaning
The term “Christmas” comes from “Christ mass,” or a church service in honor of the birth of Jesus Christ.
The word “Christ” is a descriptive title that means “Anointed One” or “Messiah.” The Jews were looking for…
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