The food, the gifts, the stress … as you have said so well.
It’s unfortunate, but this is the reality we encounter in our so called “Christianized” country and, believe me, it saddens me. It’s not that I’m against good meals and gifts but the fact is that, very often, these things – mingled with the stress of end-of-year – make us forget the real meaning of Christmas, which is of course the birth of Jesus…
So let me explain briefly the meaning of this festival.
First of all, Christmas is not New Year’s Eve. During my stay in your country, I have met many Muslim friends who put it all “in the same package”. Christmas has nothing to do with the celebration of the new year, except that both take place around the same time.
Christmas is a special festival that reminds us of the birth of the Saviour. And this is an immense hope!! Christmas is the birth of Jesus, the coming of Emmanuel (which means “God with us”),
700 years before the birth of Jesus, the prophet Isaiah prophesied with these words: Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore, the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
And in the Injil, Matthew 1:23 says: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means “God with us”).”
GOD WITH US!!!
Christmas is a personal representation of God through Jesus, the greatest gift coming down to Earth to save us. See the Easter festival link which explains how he saves us.
Christmas is when God comes on earth in a most unexpected manner, since the birth of Jesus took place in a barn!!!
Enough writing, if you want to know more about the birth of Jesus, look at these passages that you can find in the Injil Luke 2: 1-20 and Matthew 1: 18-24 and 2: 1-12
Question :Why did the Almighty God not choose to be born in a palace?