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Everybody has an opinion about the meaning of Christmas.  Here are some notable people that presented their view when asked, “What is the meaning of Christmas?”

“How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few, His precepts!” (Benjamin Franklin).

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” (Charles Dickens).

“Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you.” (Steve Maraboli).

 “Christmas can be celebrated in the school room with pine trees, tinsel and reindeers, but there must be no mention of the man whose birthday is being celebrated. One wonders how a teacher would answer if a student asked why it was called Christmas.” (Ronald Reagan).

“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” (Roy L. Smith).

There’s nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.  (Erma Bombeck).

Christmas has great diversity in the 21st century.  We have many of the same traditions in every family and many families have unique traditions that they alone have established.  Regardless of the form of the celebration, the truth is that Christmas is the season that we “take time” to remember that God came to earth to dwell here for 33 years.  He lived a sinless life and died a substitutionary death for each of us on the cross.  He was raised from the dead, ascended into heaven, and is soon coming again.  Christmas is the reminder that because He chose to come for us and pay the ransom for our sin, so that those who believe in Him can receive “Christmas gifts” anytime……forgiveness of sin, new birth for a new beginning and a new life, life abundant here, and life everlasting in Heaven!  He loved us enough to come after us, redeem us, and take us home with Him when we die. Christmas is the time that we recall “the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us!”

Long ago, there ruled in Persia a wise and good king. He loved his people. He wanted to know how they lived. He wanted to know about their hardships. Often he dressed in the clothes of a working man or a beggar, and went to the homes of the poor. No one whom he visited thought that he was their ruler. One time he visited a very poor man who lived in a cellar. He ate the coarse food the poor man ate. He spoke cheerful, kind words to him. Then he left. Later he visited the poor man again and disclosed his identity by saying, “I am your king!”

The king thought the man would surely ask for some gift or favor, but he didn’t. Instead he said, “You left your palace and your glory to visit me in this dark, dreary place. You ate the course food I ate. You brought gladness to my heart! To others you have given your rich gifts. To me you have given yourself!” The King of glory, the Lord Jesus Christ, gave himself to you and me. The Bible calls Him, “the unspeakable gift!”   (copied).