When asked “What is Christmas?” many folks might answer differently. The answers would probably depend on age and country of residence. I’m sure that the words gifts or presents would be included in the answers. The words Santa Claus might even be included in an answer about Christmas.
Those of you reading this would probably agree with me and say that Christmas is an observation of Jesus Christ’s birthday. In answering the question “What is Christmas?” we would recall the story of Jesus’ birth as recorded in the second chapter of Luke in the Bible.
I feel safe in assuming that the opening quotation, made by a clergyman, would probably agree with my answer as well. To me, having Christmas in our heart denotes a giving heart, a servant heart. When you get right down to it, isn’t that what Christmas is all about? Observing the birth of Jesus and having a giving heart.
My wish for all of you is a meaningful and joyous Christmas season where you can give Christian love to others along with the wrapped gifts you exchange. A time when giving, as God did, is the real reason for the season.
May we remember the words of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale: “The magic message of Christmas is that God gives us so much more than we can possibly give back. He gave the world the greatest gift of all time. ‘For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given (Isaiah 9:6).’”
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