As I propelled myself across the floor on my walker, I wondered. Will we still have Christmas?
What a silly question, you might think. And I would agree. If I hadn’t just broken my hip – again. You can read about my previous broken hip here and here.
Six years ago I broke my left hip at Thanksgiving. Last month I broke my right hip. At Thanksgiving. What are the odds? Not high according to my orthopedic surgeon.
So this year, as I looked at everything that won’t get accomplished before December 25, I wondered. Will we still have Christmas if there is no decorated tree?
Will we still have Christmas if there are no special gluten-free Christmas cookies?
Will we still have Christmas if there aren’t as many presents to open as usual?
Will we still have Christmas if I’m unable to attend every event I planned on attending?
The answer to each of those questions is absolutely. We will still have Christmas.
The things we attach to our Christmas celebrations do not Christmas make.
The birth of a Savior is what makes Christmas.
Perhaps there is something or someone missing from your Christmas this year. It may seem like you can’t possibly have Christmas without them.
When we remember long before the beginning of time, God planned for his Son to be born in Bethlehem at just the right time, in just the right stable, to just the right parents, we see Christmas is not about the celebrations we attach to that blessed day.
Christmas is about the Christ who willing sacrificed himself for a lost world so none would perish.
Will you still have Christmas at your house regardless of how you celebrate?
I pray you do.
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But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel, whose origins are in the distant past,will come from you on my behalf. Micah 5:2 (NLT)
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