Well, that’s it. Christmas is over. The presents are opened and the sweets are gone. The parties are ended and families are headed back home. It was good while it lasted, but Christmas is officially finished until next year. Or is it?
Christmas is the feast of our Lord’s birth, and while that seems simple enough, why don’t we celebrate it like the birth of a friend or family member? How strange would it be to begin celebrating a new babe’s birth months before the actual birth, and then abruptly end the celebration on the very day the birth was accomplished!
This birth we are celebrating is no ordinary birth, so it merits no ordinary celebration. This babe is no ordinary babe, but rather the King of all mankind. The celebration, then, should be postponed until the birth actually happens. The period before the birth should be a time of preparation in order to ensure that this newborn King has a worthy resting place in our hearts. Only then-when the preparations are complete and the babe has arrived-should we begin to celebrate.
Of course this means that Christmas day is just the beginning. Christmas is not over, it has only just begun. Our King is born, and it is now our time to praise and worship Him. So leave the Christmas trees in their stands, keep the Christmas music playing, let the decorations be, but most of all let the worshiping of this newborn Christ child begin in earnest. Merry Christmas!