At Christmas our homes are filled with family, friends and hopefully those that we can minister Christ’s love to, and that is why it is so important that we are remembering the true meaning of Christmas.
God had always instructed His people in times of celebration to do the things that helped them to remember what he had done for them, and to rejoice in that remembrance.
When Christmas has this focus, it becomes a wonderful time of renewal. But sadly, many times this focus is lost to the commercialism of Christmas. Traditions for remembrance become stressful and meaningless or even destructive.
When the true meaning of Christmas is kept central to the holiday then believers are living as God intended them to, those special times of celebration are very pleasing in His sight.
God himself instructed His people in times of celebration to keep special traditions to help them to teach their children to remember how He had intervened on their behalf. Today most christians celebrate God’s intervention in their lives through the season of Christmas which recalls the birth of our Savior, Christ the Lord.
There are many American tradition such as christmas trees, gifts, holly, lights, colors, and bells. While none of these are a mandate from God they are things that will help us teach others and share who Christ is if we keep the right focus and perspective on the traditions we observe.
- Evergreen trees were the symbol of eternal life. Martin Luther introduced them to the Reformation Church as a picture of our endless life in Christ, by bringing in a tree to his family on Christmas Eve lit with candles (Isaiah 60:13)
- Gifts are a reminder of the gifts of the Magi later brought to baby Jesus. Each of them speak to a component of His incarnation: Majesty in life, Bitterest Agony in Death and He as Gods Perfect gift to us. (Matthew 2)
- Holly speaks of the thorns and drops of blood in His crown to come as His work here on earth is complete. (Matthew 27:29)
- Lights are a picture that Christ is the Light of the world (John 8)
- Red is a color of Christmas that speaks of Christ’s blood and death and green the eternal life He has for us.
- Bells are associated with the ringing out news. Christ is the good news, the best news of all!
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For more information on Christmas traditions I suggest viewing Crosswalk’s post The Origin of Christmas Traditions and Christ’s Birth