By Greg Holt
“Christmas isn’t about partying, eating, and all the decorations”
Christmas, everyone knows of it, but how many know about it? Christmas to many is all about eating, drinking, partying, time off from work, indoor and outdoor light displays, and of course giving gifts. While spending time with family and friends, eating a good meal, (probably eating to much!) and all those cool lights and decorations are just fine, Christmas isn’t about partying, eating, and all the decorations.
Christmas is a seriously over-commercialized event in which the true meaning of Christmas is easily lost. This writer will say that this is done by design; it has a purpose and an end goal.
The goal of Christmas in this day and age is to divert the focus of everyone from Christ – to self. Christmas is by design all about fun, let’s eat, let’s party, let’s buy this and that, let’s outdo everyone else with our light displays etc. Anything to get people to move away from celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, which is what Christmas is supposed to be about.
The commercialization of Christmas is nothing short of disgusting, Christmas items are going up in stores even before Thanksgiving! People tend to spend a lot of money at Christmas, $100s per person is not uncommon. Racking up HUGE credit card bills is also very common. Retailers stand to make a fortune at Christmas time, and they want your focus on spending your money in their store – not on worshiping Jesus Christ.
While as I said gifts etc. are fine, the real gift that matters is the gift of life, brought about by the birth of Jesus Christ.
It is in a way strange to think that even more important then the birth of Christ – was His death. The death of Jesus Christ on the cross is what gave each one of us our very lives. To sin is to die, Christ came and paid that price for us that we may have life and have it abundantly. Salvation is a gift, it cannot be earned by anyone ever, and this gift to us was paid for in Christ’s own blood.
Jesus was and is the best gift ever given to humanity. Jesus did not have to come here as a lowly human, God was in NO way obligated to come here in the flesh and save us – from our very own crimes against God (sin is basically committing a crime against God). But this is exactly what Christ Jesus, or Messiah Jesus did. So go ahead, celebrate Christmas, and celebrate the One who was born to save you and to save me.
Don’t let anyone rain on your parade for celebrating Christmas, it’s not as some wrongfully allude to, a “pagan” holiday. I will not here cover that, instead, I will direct you to an article by a friend of mine, CJ, over at, I am not Ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
There is nothing wrong with celebrating Christmas and having some fun. Unfortunately, that is all Christmas is to many people.
Take some time this Christmas and celebrate the birth of the Savior. Take a few moments to be alone with the Lord and pray and give thanks to the One who saved you.
Jesus IS the reason, today, tomorrow, and forever. AMEN.
Since 2013, Christian news magazine The Olive Branch Report has featured the insightful writing and reporting of Greg Holt. His writing has been featured on American Prophet, Conservative Firing Line, DC Clothesline, Eagle Rising, Capitol Hill Outsider, Sons of Liberty Media, Rev. Austin Miles, and others. Greg is also the Publisher and Editor of Inspirational Christian Blogs