Christmas Basics

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By decking out your house in lights, you guide people to your home as the star guided the kings to our savior. On Christmas, your home becomes the barn, your hearth the manger, in which he was born. Otherwise, your Christmas lights aren’t really Christmas lights, but are merely decorative.

Christmas presents symbolize the gifts that the wise men brought our savior in honor of his birth. By giving a Christmas gift, you recognize Christ in the other person. Christ himself is the gift of life, the bestowal of being. Christmas is therefore about thankfulness.

But, to be fully complete, your gratitude should turn into worship. Get down on your knees, if only in your heart, before our Lord and Savior, and thank him. From the Book of Revelation:

And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, ‘Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!’

And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying, ‘Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created’ (4:8-11).

Merry Christmas!

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