Christmas was not a holiday in early America. From 1659 to 1681, the celebration of Christmas was actually outlawed in Boston. Anyone exhibiting the Christmas spirit was fined five shillings.
Congress was in session on December 25, 1789, the first Christmas under Americaâ€™s new constitution. Christmas wasnâ€™t declared a federal holiday until June 26, 1870.
Christmas is one of the most exciting times of the year. It is more and more commercialized every year. Christians tend to complain more about Christ getting lost in Christmas every year also.
Christmas as we know it seems to be a relatively recent development. Don’t get me wrong I love Christmas, we have a Christmas tree, gifts, decorations and right now I am giving Betty a gift every day for the 12 days of Christmas.
I believe in Christmas. It is a great holiday except for the fact that I get in debt, feel guilty about not having enough to give, feel bad when I give a gift to someone and they spend more on my gift than I did on theirs (embarrassing), don’t get a gift for someone I was supposed to get it for.
I feel bad that I feel like I have to get gifts and feel bad that I feel bad-did you get all of that.
Somehow Christmas has become a very stressful time. You have to spend the right amount of time with the right amount of family and friends or you are a bad guy–come on you know what I am talking about.
You get all prepared, hyped, excited, spend money and then it is over in a matter of minutes.
I am not really worried about any one worshipping a Christmas tree or Santa Claus but I do think that we let our lives get out of whack over Christmas.
I would like to call you back to a Christian worldview quickly and briefly.
Man sinned against a Holy God. We all deserve Hell for our sins. God in His grace steps down from glory and takes on human flesh. He lives among us for over 33 years. He comes to earth with specific purposes in mind.
He comes to die. He comes to pay our sin debt. He comes to call us to repentance and faith in Him. The Christmas story is not about wise men, angels, Mary, gifts or decorations.
It is about sinful man in need of Saviour and God on purpose through the person of His Eternal Son coming to earth to die for us.
Remember that the one who comes was in the beginning and He was God and is God. He takes on human flesh and then humbles Himself to the death of the cross that you might be saved.
That makes it a Merry Christmas and so I say to you Merry Christmas.