Monday, December 21, 2009

Reason for the Season

3 days 7 hours and 20 minutes til Christmas!!

It isn't bad to believe in Santa Claus or to buy gifts for each other at Christmas! You can tell your kids that Santa visits your house and brings gifts. As long as you tell them the real reason we celebrate Christmas! We celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ!

Here is the Christmas story from Matthew 1:18 - 2:23

Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus. 2.1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; 4 and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet: 6“‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’” 7Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” 9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way. 13Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” 14 And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt 15 and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.” 16Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:18“A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.” 19But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 saying, “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.” 21 And he rose and took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream he withdrew to the district of Galilee. 23 And he went and lived in a city called Nazareth, that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled: “He shall be called a Nazarene.”

Being a mom I think about Mary. Can you imagine how Mary must have felt? Being 14 years old, not married and being told by an angel that you would bear God's son. And then having to travel while in her last month of pregnancy on the back of a donkey in undesirable conditions. Once getting to Bethlehem having to give birth in a stable next to sheep, donkeys and cows. I can't imagine all the emotions Mary experienced (especially pregnancy hormones). All I have to say is we are so fortunate to have modern medicine and hospitals for sure!!! :)

This week turn your focus to the real meaning of Christmas! Jesus Christ! Thank God for sending his son to this earth to die on a cross and rise from the dead paying the penalty of our sin! Thank God that because of that little baby in the manger we can now spend eternity with Him in Heaven!

But also have fun on Christmas! Celebrate each other and being together as a family!!

Merry CHRISTmas Yall!!!!!!


  1. That's why I really like the German/Dutch version of things: they celebrate St. Nick coming on December 6 -- almost at the beginning of Advent. He comes and puts little gifts and chocolates in the kid's shoes. Then 24/25 December is left for baby Jesus. :-) They get both and they are very separated in the kids minds, but still part of a bigger overarching season. :-) Then the whole season is capped of on Epiphany -- January 6 -- when the 3 Kings come. They party for like a month over here. It's fun.

  2. I love that, Aimee. I love that they are separated. Merry Christmas!

    Beth - do you know people who think it's "bad" to celebrate Santa? I struggle with the idea every year, but not because I think it's bad. I struggle with the focus being taken off of Christ. I also struggle with encouraging my children to believe in something that isn't real. Now, don't get me wrong. I find it fun and exciting all at the same time. And we are "doing Santa" this year. I just struggle with it every year.

  3. I am not sure if they think it is bad but I know some people who don't do Santa at all. We did Santa growing up and I think my parents did a good job of pointing us to the real meaning of Christmas! Just have to explain that Santa is a jolly guy that comes on Christmas eve and delivers toys. But the greatest gift was given to us in that God sent His Son Jesus to the earth and that is why we celebrate Christmas! Santa is about imagination!

  4. We didn't do Santa growing up, and I turned out just fine. I'm glad your parents were able to do both, while focusing on the real meaning. If we continue to do Santa, I hope that we will be able to do the same. But it's also okay if people choose not to do Santa at all.

  5. I don't think there is anything wrong with not doing Santa as long as those that don't believe in Santa cause Reagan to come home crying cause she was told there isn't Santa! :)