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Sunday, December 14, 2008

First Day of Christmas: Why Celebrate Christmas?

Christmas is twelve days away and I decided to do a twelve days of Christmas countdown. Jo Anne and I have 61 days left before we meet in person for the first time. We hope to be married before Christmas next year. I want to share what Christmas means to me and some traditions my family and I use to celebrate Christmas. For the next twelve days ending with Christmas, I will countdown to Christmas by talking about a issue or tradition of Christmas each day.

I figured that on the first day it would be good the talk about why celebrate Christmas? Also why is Christmas celebrated on December 25? Christian celebrate Christmas to remember the birth of Jesus. That is the biggest reason I celebrate Christmas. You can read the Christmas story in Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2:40.

OK know why do we celebrate Christmas on December 25? Lets look at the facts. We do not know on which day Jesus was born. Christmas was first celebrated on December 25 in the fifth century when Constantine was the Emperor of the Roman Empire. If you know some history, Constantine was the first Christian Emperor of the Roman Empire. December 25 was chosen to replace a couple different pagan holidays that had to do with the Winter Solstice and midwinter festivals. If you like to learn more about why we celebrate Christmas on December 25, whychristmas?com tells why here.

Now I'm sure you maybe asking if Christmas is celebrated on December 25 because it was the date of pagan holidays and many of our Christmas traditions have pagan roots why celebrate should we celebrate Christmas? First we should look at the reasons we have holidays and tradition in the first place. It is not just should we have a reason to get off of work or to go shopping. We have holidays and traditions to remember things. In the case of Christmas, it is to remember the birth of Jesus who came to died for our sins.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.~ John 3:16 (ESV)

As a Christian you should celebrate Christmas to remember that God love you to send Jesus, who had not sin, to die for your sin. Your Christmas traditions should in some way remind you of the great gift that you or I have or ever will receive. I encourage you this Christmas not to stop celebrating Christmas, but ask yourself why you celebrate Christmas. Do not celebrate Christmas because you get gifts. Celebrate Christmas because when you give gift to other you remember the gift of forgiveness that God give to you.

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