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Christmas is so much more

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Today in Atlanta, Ira Curry of Stone Mountain will be celebrating the winnings of her lottery ticket, taking a lump sum of $123 million after taxes, just in time for Christmas. She and a California winner will share in the winnings of the mega millions jackpot.
While this is exciting news for the winners, across the city, a plane crashed in a Northwest Atlanta neighborhood killing its two passengers. Some are experiencing exuberant excitement, while others agonizing grief.
Meanwhile, across Atlanta, as well as, all over the world, people are preparing to celebrate Christmas. Some will have meager celebrations, while others will enjoy lavish festivities.
Many believe that Christmas is a season of giving, a time when people are a little nicer, a little more generous, and that there’s a warm spirit of love in the air, while others believe it’s the time of year to help the economy by buying gifts and decorating without any mention of Christ or what the holiday means to so many Christians.
I like the movie, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” I’ve been called the “Grinch.“ I raised my children teaching them that there was no Santa Claus. I’ll never forget, when our twins were about four, This older gentlemen asked my daughter what Santa Claus was bringing her for Christmas. She simply replied, “There’s no such of a thing as Santa Clause.” She reminded me of the little girl that play on, “Miracle on 34th Street.”
Tried as the Grinch did, he could not take the spirit of Christmas from the people Whoville. “And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
Today there are many that would like to erase any mention of the virgin birth of Christ from the celebrations. Many schools don’t allow the mention of Christmas even changing the name from Christmas break to Winter break, some Nativity scenes have been removed from public places where they have been placed for years, and many retailers don’t allow their employees to say, “Merry Christmas,” to patrons buying Christmas gifts, in an effort to be politically correct and not to offend anyone.
But as in the case of the cartoon, it is not possible to remove Christmas or its true meaning from the hearts of believers. Christmas will come, because it is so much more. While it is disheartening to find ourselves in a battle, fighting for Christmas, the hope, promise, giving, and love cannot be erased from the hearts of those who have believed in its true meaning.
While “Happy Holidays,” or “Season’s Greetings,” can be offensive, I like to remember that those words do serve to acknowledge that this is a season of celebration and/or holy days, and at its very root is giving.
“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” Isaiah 9:6-7 (KJV)
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11 (KJV)
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
May we remember the reason we celebrate and offer hope to those who perhaps don’t understand that Christmas is so much more.

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