Yesterday I wrote about why Christmas traditions are so important to me. In amongst all the busy-ness of the impending Christmas season, it is so easy to get caught up in our traditions though, and forget why we celebrate Christmas at all. I want our family traditions to help us to focus more on the true meaning of Christmas, not distract us from it.
By chance, I was watching The Vicar Of Dibley last night – one of my favourite shows ever – when the scene below came on. Of course I have seen the show lots of times before, but this one scene stuck with me.
It is easy to just think of the Christmas story as another lovely tale. Something we read at Christmas time to kids, and sing about vaguely in carols. But at the heart of Christmas is a real man who was born in humble circumstances, grew up to be a radical, was killed because of who he was, rose again because he was God’s son, and still profoundly influences our lives today.
I have to agree with the Vicar that ‘it is a pretty great story’.
Let me encourage you, in amongst the busy-ness of your Christmas traditions, take time to reflect on why we celebrate Christmas. After all, it is the greatest story ever told!