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The hustle and the bustle of the holidays are upon us. Children and even some adults are writing their letters to Santa. The department stores are open from dusk to dawn with holiday deals that you just can’t resist. The Christmas carols are playing through the mall as you shop, on the radio and on television. It’s so exciting! Flashing and colorful lights cover our windows and frame our homes. The aroma of spices and cinnamon brings a smile to our faces and make us feel so very warm inside. It’s Christmas. One of my favorite holidays, actually, it is my favorite holiday. It’s a season of togetherness and warmth. But it is more than just the gifts under the trees. It is the day that we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the savior of the world.

Are we forgetting the true reason for the season? Did the belief in Santa Claus take away the belief in Jesus Christ. Are we laying away gifts or laying down our hearts to celebrate the birth of Christ. Where is Christ in Christmas?

It is important that we teach our children that Christmas is not about the big boxes with the red ribbons under the tree or the big guy in the red suit and the long beard. It is about Jesus being born in a manger. It’s about Jesus being the savior of the world. We must not lose sight of the true reason for the season.

The story of the birth of Jesus Christ can be found in the Gospels in the Bible. This is a holy holiday that honors the birth of Christ and is observed by most Christian churches around the world. This is a time to reflect on your life and be grateful for all of your blessings. This is a season to share your love with the people you love. This is a season to teach the love of Jesus Christ and share the savior with the world.

This season as you sit around the Christmas tree opening your presents, share the story of Jesus. The wise men brought gifts to the manger to present to Jesus at his birth. Let’s share gifts with each other in honor of his birth. Let’s share the true meaning of Christmas to the world!