Jingle bells are on the way, colorful Christmas trees are erecting, father Christmas is preparing some fancy gifts and our local community is about to be dressed in red and white regalia. What is going on? It’s the festive season! Actually, it’s Christmas.
Decades after decades, the birth of Christ remains the most celebrated holiday in the world and the most misunderstood by many as well. It’s sad to note that each person has invented their own meaning of Christmas, tainting its authentic meaning. It’s even disheartening that the way Christmas is celebrated doesn’t reflect the caliber or personality of the Christ. Allow me to say that Christmas has been commercialized and reduced to a worldly ideology whose nature denies the principles of Christianity.
Yes, it is a season of giving. But who are we giving to? Yes, we’re rejoicing over the birth of Jesus Christ, but how does he want the celebration to unfold? We have complicated this special day and confused others. It’s unfortunate that it’s Christians themselves in most occasions who are engineers of this confusion.
There’s a saddening habit of overspending during the festive season. The idiotic part: people are overspending to impress one another, not to express their awe to Christ – the birthday King. Tender turkeys, Christmas clothes, Christmas trees, decors – you name it. It’s unnecessary. Christ wasn’t born in luxury. Therefore, making luxury the center of Christmas is nothing but deception.
2. Foolish Christmas parties
Then we have fools who gather a bunch of friends, buy a bulk of booze, a kraal of braai and hire the popular DJ. This is called a Christmas party. However, I don’t know what they’re celebrating in this party. Firstly, Christ isn’t a drunkard. So what is the alcohol for? Secondly, when Christ was born there was no feast. Thirdly, when Christ was born the most Popular DJ wasn’t invited to lead a party.
Such parties don’t glorify the Christ at all. Parties must be held as a holy gathering that gives remembrance and awe to the birth of a king. Music mustn’t be worldly. Food must be decent. And yes, no alcohol. Unless you’re celebrating the birth of your own Jesus Christ Whom you have invented through your worldly but pathetic mannerisms.
3. Stupid gifts
Families are buying each other gifts on Christmas day. Really? Whose birthday is it? Your mom’s? Brother’s? Friend’s? Are you seriously sober? When King Jesus was born gifts were brought to him by the wise men. They did not buy gifts for each other. Why? Because it wasn’t about them. It was about the birthday King – Christ.
On Christmas day, give your sacrifices whether money, devotion, gifts and honor to Christ, not your silly cousin. It’s important to prepare a unique gift for Christmas which you will present to Christ as honor. Why not build a house for the homeless? Offer to renovate your church? Offer to sponsor an orphan’s academic? Don’t give foolishly to impress your peers because such gifts have no reward before the Christ.