What happened to {CHRIST}mas?


What happened to Christmas?

Christmas used to be this time where adults would spread Christmas cheer by volunteering in their community, adults would just enjoy time with family, friends, Children would hang their stockings on the mantle, Their special ornaments on the tree, bake cookies, eagerly awaiting the day they get their picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus!

Families, reading the nativity story at night, or on Christmas morn, as they worship the real reason for the season.

Now its turned into, adults, worrying more about money and work, than family and friends, their community, their kids. Children faces now buried in the latest Apple device, newest video game, newest app. Families would go days without talking to each other because they were too preoccupied with things. Leaving their Bible, or Nativity book, to gather dust on a shelf that everyones forgotten about, just like the real reason for the season.

Every Christmas, we have my grandparents and 2 aunts come to our house and stay the night on Christmas Eve, then Christmas morning (after waking them up over and over again) we gather in the living room and listen as my dad reads us the Nativity story. and then everyones gets their stocking, and any present under the tree with their name on it, and we watch as each person opes their gifts, one person at a time. (share your Christmas Traditions in the comments below, i would love to hear them!) Jesus, is the real after for the season. It is CHRISTmas, after all.

” In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place whileQuirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.

While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them,

“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Letʼs go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.” -Luke 2:1-21



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