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Let’s not exclude Christ from Christmas

by William T. Robinson, Jr
William T. Robinson, Jr.

Without an exception, I find the Christmas season to be one of the most exciting and important times of the year. The time is very relevant for me being a Christian, for its religious significance, the birth of Christ. For me and other Christians, we celebrate Christmas as one of the holiest days in our religion, only second to Easter. We recognize it as a day when God gave us the ultimate gift, his son, to forgive us of our sins and offer us the possibility of salvation. For Christians, it is truly a celebratory as well as a spiritual day.

During the month of December, awaiting the birth of Jesus Christ (Advent), we are engaged in the spirit of giving and goodwill to our fellow brothers and sisters. It is a festive time, full of decorative venues, noels, parties, good food (especially cakes and pies), and endless manifestations of brotherly love. There is no denying that the atmosphere of Christmas trees and festive decorations can be magical and spell-binding.

I know for most Christians, the Christmas season holds captive memories of family, decorating the Christmas trees, the camaraderie of friends, and the giving of gifts. Peace and goodwill toward man is echoed and permeated in the air. Love for one another is truly defined and captured during this time. This is a celebratory time that should transcend one’s religious preference because it’s all about manifesting love for one another.

I’m offering an apology to those who are not Christian and are offended by those using the term Christmas Season as opposed to the Holiday Season. There are other events occurring during December among other religions or groups that are important and celebratory, e.g., Hanukkah and Kwanza. I’m not trying to be politically correct or trying to offend anyone, only sharing what I feel is one of the most important times in my religion as a Christian. Therefore, I personally refer to this time as the ‘Christmas Season.’

I feel the giving of gifts during Christmas is admirable and commendable, but this should not take precedence over the real reason or significance of Christmas. Christians should make it a priority to give praise and honor to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as the ultimate gift for mankind. I say this because I personally feel that many young Christian children and some adults put more emphasis on Santa Claus and presents, literally putting little if any emphasis on Jesus Christ, the real reason for celebrating Christmas. 

Traditionally, for many, Santa Claus embodies the gift of giving to children. That is fine, but shouldn’t the son of God, Jesus Christ, be the priority? Can we incorporate both in a child’s life or upbringing with a greater emphasis on Christ? I understand little children being ecstatic with Santa Claus and toys, but as they grow older you may be doing them a grave injustice by not teaching them and celebrating the real reason for Christmas. I know many people may be tired of the cliché, ‘Let’s not take Christ out of Christmas,’ but too often this has become the case.

On the real tip, let’s be completely honest and recognize that Christmas has become commercialized and is used to make money by many businesses and corporations that don’t necessarily believe in Christ. I’m not trying to deter businesses from making money, but Christians shouldn’t lose sight of Christ over the materialistic aspect being sold by many. And one may want to consider this: In pursuit of purchasing gifts, many families go into debt buying things they cannot afford and some even suffer depression because of their inability to offer their loved ones gifts they feel they deserve.

Can you imagine celebrating a Christmas without exchanging presents—one only surrounded by loved ones, friends, good food, and acknowledging with praise and thanksgiving the birth of God’s greatest gift to the world? I recommend that it’s something each Christian family may want to try or consider. Santa Claus and presents are okay, but don’t you think Jesus Christ trumps Santa?

Once again, respect and deference to those of other religions. But this editorial was basically to address those who are supposed to adhere to Christian doctrine. Wishing everyone a “Happy and Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holiday Season.”

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