Christmas 2020: Still About Jesus

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Christmas 2020 will be celebrated differently than we have normally celebrated in the past. With all the “restrictions,” whether forced or self-imposed, it may feel like The Grinch has been successful at stopping Christmas, but just like in the Dr. Suess classic, Christmas will come just the same.

Sitting with my morning coffee and looking around at the holiday decorations surrounding me, I began to wonder about Christmas 2020. Without the distraction of parties and gatherings, the rush to the mall, and all the seemingly endless traditional festivities, will we be more inclined to focus on the real meaning of Christmas? Many will say it doesn’t feel like Christmas. Not this year. They will complain that it just can’t be. Not without the parties and gatherings. Christmas is being stolen. The Grinch is real.

On some level, I agree. Some of the best things about celebrating the holidays will be missing. It will certainly be a different celebration.

Many people will say it doesn’t feel like Christmas. Not this year.

But what if this is the way is was intended to be this year. Maybe we’re being presented with an opportunity to consider and celebrate the birth of the Savior without the trappings of the world. To celebrate the coming of Messiah, in Spirit and truth. With our attention turned toward Jesus. Fewer things distracting us from the incredible reality that God is With Us. Immanuel has come.

Will we miss the gatherings, the traditions, the parties, and all the festivities that we have come to treasure during the holiday season? Of course. They are all part of what makes for a joyous celebration of the Savior’s birth.

But maybe not having our Christmas traditions will help us to focus on the real reason we have the festivities in the first place.

Jesus.

It’s still about Jesus.

Grinch - Maybe Christmas

Maybe 2020 was meant to be our Grinch. Except in this version of the story, it is our hearts which grow three times bigger, not the Grinch’s.

Christmas isn’t about the celebrations. Christmas is so much deeper.

When the time was right, God sent his son, born of a woman to redeem those who could not obey Him because of their sin and to give us new life, and hope, and to cleanse us from sin. (Galatians 4:4-7) This is what Christmas is about.

Christmas isn’t about the celebrations. Christmas is so much deeper.

Your turn

I would love to hear your take. Drop me an email, or leave a comment, let’s discuss this more. How will Christmas be different this year? And let’s not forget about the New Year celebrations.

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When the time was right, God sent his son, born of a woman to redeem those who could not obey Him because of their sin and to give us new life, and hope, and to cleanse us from sin. This is what Christmas is about.