This is the time of the year where people in many cultures around the world join in celebrating traditional holidays. In an effort to avoid offense, some are removing the reference to Christianity, but the idea of Christmas for many more has long transcended religious differences. The music, the colorful decorations, the parties and get-togethers, the sharing of gifts, the inspirational stories and movies are all a part of the “Spirit of Christmas,” which is associated with warm feelings and joyful hearts.
Even many Christians realize that Christ is not always the center of this holiday season. From the beginning different cultural elements have joined in that have little to do with the birth of Christ in Bethlehem. And yet, there is a kind of magic in the air, and special enjoyment when getting out last years decorations, and adding some new ones to this years Christmas Tree!
The Christian faith teaches that God pours out His grace and goodness on those who do not believe on Him as well as upon those who do. Could it be possible that this universal desire for peace and love is behind all the mythology and traditions surrounding the season? Could the very idea of a humble and yet powerful and loving Savior sparked something in the imagination of so many to hope that this could be actually be true?
Not everything about the season is positive, we know. And yet it does often bring out the best in people. I say let’s focus on that part of it. As a Christian, I believe we are to allow the nature of Christ to be seen in us in all seasons. At the same time, I am encouraged that He can be at work in the lives of those who do not even know Him, for what ever reason! What do you think?