We all know that “Christmas is going to look very different this year”. That’s the biggest commercial issue facing businesses, post offices, kids and Santas in shopping centres. It’s even harder for families who are separated overseas, and for carolers who might not have an audience.
But for those who celebrate Christmas for its true meaning, this shouldn’t change anything. Jesus’ birth is some indicator of this.
“So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger because there was no guest room available for them.” Luke 2:4-7, NIV
These were humble beginnings. He was born in a feeding tray, during a census, after a long journey to an engaged couple. There were no festivities, few visitors and few presents. Parties and gifts weren’t the main goals of Jesus’s birth. Rather, he brought the kingdom of God (Matt 4:17). He wants us to repent and believe, and to save us so that we can live with him forever.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas! I love the smell of the trees and Christmas jazz is amazing and candy canes are my favourite and I love seeing my family and kris kringle is fun and end of year parties are the best. Festive seasons are important and I appreciate that we take time out of the year to reflect both at Christmas and Easter.
However, Christmas can be every day. We always have reason to have a celebration (a mass, if you will) for the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. Its something we get to rejoice in forever. So tree or no tree, the events of this year have not ruined Christmas at all.