Posted by Charity on December 26th, 2007

I originally meant to post this Friday, or at least by Christmas, but I decided to put it up anyway. I hope you all had a merry Christmas. – Charity

When I was a kid, Christmas was a big deal in my house. A BIG deal. My mother loved Christmas. But in our house, it was very much a secular holiday.

When I went out on my own, and had children of my own, I continued the traditions that I was raised with. The lights, the presents, the decorations, the presents, the baking, the presents. Did I mention the presents? My mom was – and is – big on presents.

Ever since I became a Christian, my feelings for Christmas have waned. This year, I started to get excited about baking and decorating, but I didn’t even come close to the excitement of years past. Now that I know that Christmas is supposed to be in honor of the birth of Jesus Christ, now that I know who Jesus is and what he has done and continues to do for me and in me, I cannot seem to get all worked up over a secularized, consumer holiday.

My husband and I both felt like we just wanted to scrap Christmas altogether, but that’s kind of hard with young children – and family.

One day, I got kind of frustrated with all of the expectation of Christmas and said something about not wanting to celebrate Christmas. My 11-year-old son said something mouthy like, “Some Christian you are.” (Yeah, we are working on correcting that legalistic attitude.)

After I explained the origins and current non-Christian nature of Christmas, they were left wondering why we do celebrate Christmas.

Feeling like a Grinch of the first order, I came up with a few good reasons to celebrate.

(1) It’s a good excuse to get together with family.

(2) It can open up opportunities for dialogue with non-Christians about our faith.

(3) It is a time, regardless of whether it was the time of Jesus’ actual birth, that countless people around the globe are focused on Jesus. That is extremely powerful.

Having that conversation, and being forced to come up with good reasons to celebrate Christmas, really made this the best Christmas I have had since becoming a Christian. Sometimes it is hard to reconcile my old life with my new one, but it worth while to settle those issues.

I had a wonderful Christmas. I had a beautiful time with my and my husband’s families, and our own. And I was able to put into perspective some struggles that I have had with my own faith over the past year.

Even though it is not likely the actual time of year of Jesus’ birth, and even though the origins of the holiday are not Christian, I will celebrate the day.

I celebrate the day
That You were born to die
So I could one day pray for You to save my life

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Celebrate the Day, By Relient K

And with this Christmas wish is missed
The point I could convey
If only I could find the words to say to let You know how much You’ve touched my life
Because here is where You’re finding me, in the exact same place as New Year’s eve
And from a lack of my persistency
We’re less than half as close as I want to be

And the first time
That You opened Your eyes did You realize that You would be my Savior
And the first breath that left Your lips
Did You know that it would change this world forever

And the first time
That You opened Your eyes did You realize that You would be my Savior
And the first breath that left Your lips
Did You know that it would change this world forever

And so this Christmas I’ll compare the things I felt in prior years
To what this midnight made so clear
That You have come to meet me here

To look back and think that
This baby would one day save me
In the hope that what You did
That you were born so I might really live
To look back and think that
This baby would one day save me

And the first time
That You opened Your eyes did You realize that You would be my Savior
And the first breath that left Your lips
Did You know that it would change this world forever

And the first time
That You opened Your eyes did You realize that You would be my Savior
And the first breath that left Your lips
Did You know that it would change this world forever

And I, I celebrate the day
That You were born to die
So I could one day pray for You to save my life
Pray for You to save my life
Pray for You to save my life