Ah, Christmastime. When we celebrate the existence of Santa Claus, jingle bells, cutesy songs about snow and presents, and throw parties involving copious amounts of frosted sugar cookies.

The commercialism that has infiltrated the very heart of Christmas (or at least the world’s perception of it) is a horrifying prospect for those who know that there is a much bigger picture to be seen when it comes to this particular holiday. Yet, even with our awareness of the problems plaguing how Christmas is viewed and celebrated, we get caught in it just like any and everybody else. Despite the Bibles on our bookshelves, we feel stressed out and empty around a time intended to commemorate the day our God sent His Son in the form of a baby out of unimaginable love for us.

It’s alarming to feel yourself slipping into it. Noticing with shock that you turned down reading your Bible for wrapping gifts and focused more on Christmas cards than the Christmas history. We pull out the “make time for God” card while still holding onto the short-lasting festivities with a tight fist.

As full and busy as our schedules become during the season, the reality of it all is that God is the only reason we have anything to celebrate at all and that if our days aren’t focused on Jesus, our days are purposeless. The stress that so many people struggle with concerning Christmas is tied to the belief that if the tree’s ornaments break and people don’t like the things you bought for them, you are a meaningless failure.

The blessing that we were given on Christmas 2,000 years ago means that we have a purpose that goes beyond how well received our gifts were. Christmas is one day out of 364 in a year and a moment out of the eternity God offers, but what we’ve been blessed with beyond measure on Christmas is the gift of Jesus and new life.

Even if home isn’t a place you can or want to be in for the holidays, we may be confident that our home in Heaven is well secured by the gift of Jesus.

“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.” – Luke 2:8-11