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Real Christmas

I once overheard a conversation in a card shop where two people were discussing the cards and their relative merits. I don't make it a habit of listening in on other peoples conversations but sometimes it is hard to block out a conversation. These two middle aged people picked up a card that depicted the traditional Christmas scene of Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus in a stable. One said to the other "look at this, they are trying to get religion into everything these days!"

I know that countless other people have overheard and reported on similar incidents but I can assure you of the genuineness of mine. I have no quarrel with these two people because I understand the sentiment. It seems as though at times religion is a banner waved about to try and make us feel guilty and when people want to celebrate why confuse things with talking about our responsibilities. I do not want to spoil anyone's fun. I will decorate my house and enjoy the festive food as much, if not more than, the next man. However religion doesn't have to seem like a punishment and I believe that Christmas tells us just that. Sometimes what God does is just plain exciting and worth celebrating.

This section is devoted to the true meaning of Christmas, that is to say the birth of Christ. Jesus' birth is the reason that Christians celebrate Christmas, the birth of the son of God who brought light and life to the world. Why not take some time out just to think how wonderful this story is?

The story of Christmas - from the Bible