Wednesday, December 29, 2010

come and gone

Christmas has come and gone. It still surprises me how much time & preparation goes into this day - and then before you can even say HO, HO, HO - it's over. 


We really enjoyed our time with both families - it was a whirl-wind kind of holiday. While we had a great holiday of feasting and celebrating and giving/opening presents - I feel as if this Christmas in particular wasn't Jesus-focused at all. That is due to our self-centeredness. Over the past few months I've became more knowledgeable about why we celebrate Christmas when we do, yet I failed to act accordingly.  


There was a time where Christians considered not even celebrating Christ's birth because birthdays were pagan. They chose Dec 25th because there were already two related festivals: natalis solis invicti (the Roman "birth of the unconquered sun"), and the birthday of Mithras, the Iranian "Sun of Righteousness." (info from: here) These pagan holidays celebrated the sun because of the coming of longer days (the winter solstice I talked about earlier). So just as the pagans worshiped the sun because it brought them light, we worship Jesus because He was the light to the world. 


The celebrating, food, gifts, and family time are all good things that we should enjoy. 


I told Tom that really Christmas should be a time that we reflect on Jesus' life. That because He came to earth - we could have eternal life. And to be honest - this shouldn't be something that we spend one day a year thinking about - this should be something we think about everyday. Something that transforms us year-round.

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