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Christmas for all religions

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It's funny how we "do" Christmas. Christmas is not something that we do, it is something that was done. It celebrates the long awaited arrival of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. We had nothing to do with it, but what we can do is praise God for the coming of the Lord, who washed away the sins of the world by dying on the cross. There is a lot to celebrate about that little Babe who was laid in a manger. Christians celebrate Christmas because they are thankful for the promise of salvation, which was delivered in human flesh and named Jesus. However, Christians are not the only ones celebrating Christmas these days.

I was talking to a Muslim young man who told me that his family wanted him to "do" Christmas for his children. My first thought was "why?" If you are not a Christian, why would you take part in a holiday that you don't believe in. Sure Muslims believe in Jesus, but they don't believe He came as the Messiah. Jews sometimes take part in Christmas celebrations as well, but they are still waiting for the Messiah, so it is not probable that they are celebrating Jesus.

So what are non-Christians celebrating when they "do" Christmas? They are celebrating a fake Christmas, a man-made Christmas, and why not? The secular world has commandeered the holiday and made it about Santa Claus, money, buying gifts, winter, snowflakes, magic, and whatever your heart desires. Nonetheless, because many Christians are swept up in the commercialism of Christmas and allowing their children to believe in a fable rather than sharing the real meaning of Christmas, it seems that maybe it wasn't commandeered as much as surrendered. Does that sound harsh? It's not. I am old enough to remember when "Merry Christmas!" was the greeting that was preferred over "Happy Holidays!" I am also old enough to remember that there wasn't all of this interfaith "doing' of Christmas.

Christmas is a Christian holiday, and any self-respecting person of another religion should not celebrate a holiday that they don't believe in. Clearly, Christ is in the name of the holiday, so there should be a belief in Him. Shouldn't there be some kind of religious conviction that dictates that you don't celebrate something you don't believe in? The Holy Spirit stirs up that kind of conviction in Christians.

Christmas is a holy day and it needs to be recognized as such. It is worth celebrating but it is for those who celebrate Christ. The door is open to those who desire to know about the true meaning of Christmas because God freely shares salvation. It was Him that showed his benevolence by giving Jesus Christ as the ultimate gift to the world and it is because of His goodness that we celebrate the Savior on Christmas day.

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