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“The divine babe of the manger is the one who would die on a cross, and was raised on the third day. Christmas is inseparable from Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday.”
During the time of year that is purportedly set aside to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I find it quite interesting that very often it is nothing of the sort. There is a commercialism that has shrouded the intent of the holiday that highlights materialism and gluttony as opposed to the Advent of Christ into the earth realm. Even beyond the gross commercialism, however, there is a general skewed focus that emphasizes a visual construct of a baby in a manger with very little consideration for what His entrance into our existence really meant.
“The beauty of Christmas is not in the presents but in His Presence.”
To one observer thousands of shoppers against the backdrop of cold weather, crowded stores and parking lots might encapsulate the very idea of the Christmas Season and everything attached to it. To another observer, images of Santa Claus, reindeer and other caricatures that historically have been associated with the Christmas Season might engender the sights and sounds of the holiday. Still for the religious observer, images of the Virgin Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus highlight the heart of the season. This begs the questions: What is the true essence of Christmas? What does Christmas mean? What should we focus on?