Not excluding Christ from Christmas

William T

William T. Robinson, Jr.

Without exception, I find the Christmas season the most exciting and important time of the year. This time is relevant for me, being a Christian, because of its religious significance—the birth of Christ. All Christians celebrate Christmas as the holiest day in our religion, only second to Easter. We recognized it as a day when God gifted us with 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 (an action that should be carried out daily). It is a festive time, full of decorative venues, Noels, parties, good food (especially cakes and pies), and endless manifestations of brotherly love.

I know for most Christians, the Christmas season holds captive memories of family, 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 for those who are not Christians and are offended by those using the term Christmas Season opposed to The Holiday Season. There are other events occurring during December among other religions or groups that are important and celebratory, including Hanukkah and Kwanza. I’m not trying to be politically correct or trying to offend anyone. I’m only sharing what I feel is the most important time 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 should not take precedence over the real reason for 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—literally knowing little if anything about Jesus Christ, the real reason for celebrating Christmas.

Traditionally for many, Santa Claus embodies the gift of giving for children. That’s fine, but shouldn’t the Son of God, Jesus Christ, be the priority? Can’t we incorporate both into a child’s upbringing with a greater emphasis on Christ? 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.

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 someone’s game or ability to make money, but the public needs to be cognizant of the relentless pushing of materialistic items during this time. 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 one gifts they feel they deserve.

Can you imagine celebrating a Christmas without exchanging presents, 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 it is something each Christian family may want to try or consider. Santa Claus is okay, but don’t you think Jesus Christ trumps Santa?

Once again, I offer 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 fruitful Holiday Season.