Twenty-two years ago an article was published in Christianity Today about what people rank as their top focus at Christmas. Of the 1,000 people surveyed, only 37 percent said Jesus’ birth is the most significant aspect of Christmas. I’m guessing that today the percentage is a little lower. Now, that doesn’t mean these polled did not rank His birth as significant. It just wasn’t the most significant aspect for them.
This might be compared to your last big birthday party. Of the people who came, how many considered being together, eating cake, and having a party as more significant than the fact you were another year older? Besides you, of course.
Or, like when you celebrated your 25th wedding anniversary. Were all the attendees focused primarily on the purpose for the celebration (you and your bride), or were they mostly entertained by the others present and, you know, the party? Maybe that’s what happens at Christmas. It’s a party!! And, oh yes, Christ was born.
Now, if you argue that the birth of Jesus is the most significant aspect of Christmas for you, consider this. Look at all your decorations. What percentage of them is about the Christmas story? By that I mean, where is the manger scene? What is the centerpiece that occupies the largest and most important place in your home? On Christmas day, does anything in your families festivities resemble a celebration of Jesus birth? When Christmas is over, will any of your Facebook posts be a testimony to family and friends that the most important aspect of Christmas to you is the birth of our Lord?
Have a Merry Christmas! May the celebration of Christ’s birth bring you joy.