Why Celebrate Christmas?
“But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call his name JESUS.’”
Luke 1:29-31 (NKJV)
This is the second in a short series asking why people who don’t believe in God still look forward to and celebrate Christmas. In the first one we saw that nostalgia and happy childhood memories are behind many people’s actions.
Another reason for keeping Christmas is the family, friends and love that are associated with this festival. Jesus’ love for us meant he was willing to live among humanity and give his life so that we might be saved from sin and death. He wants all of us to have a relationship with him as children of God.
Today family and friends are often scattered around the UK, or even abroad, and it’s harder to stay in touch. So Christmas has become a time for getting together with family and friends we may not see at other times of the year, renewing the bonds of love and friendship that keep families together. Many people are able to take time off work and gather around them their family and friends—having fun, entertaining and enjoying their company in a way they can’t at other times of the year. It’s also a time to spend with our immediate family, our loved ones who we sometimes struggle to spend time with under the daily pressures of life. It’s a time that reminds people to tell and show all the people around them how much they love them and to appreciate all they bring to each others lives.
So, for many people, though sadly not all, Christmas is a special family time and one of the high points of each year, as it should be when we contemplate our future in the family of God.
Loving Father, good family relationships are pleasing to you so please bless people as they gather with their families and friends at this time of year. Please also awaken them to the real meaning of Christmas. In Jesus’ name.
Study by Keith Hartrick
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association Community Centre
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