Celebrating Christmas Correctly

“Who among us will celebrate Christmas correctly? Whoever finally lays down all power, all honor, all reputation, all vanity, all arrogance, all individualism beside the manger; whoever remains lowly and lets God alone be high; whoever looks at the child in the manger and sees the glory of God precisely in his lowliness” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer).

No, celebrating Christmas correctly isn’t about how you have your tree just right or you get those gingerbread houses looking perfect.

It’s not even about having all the correct theological Ts crossed and I’s dotted.

It’s about remembering how God became small so that we could live.

It’s about when we couldn’t get to God on our own, God in Jesus came to us in our mess and didn’t merely show us a better way but became our very salvation.

That, Charlie Brown, is what Christmas is all about.


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