When we think of the word “magic” we typically think of a magician, tricks, or even demonic forces. However, when we use the word in the context of the “magic of Christmas” we tend to think of Santa’s sleigh ride, mysteriously appearing presents on Christmas morning, eaten cookies left for Santa and disappearing carrots left for the reindeer, the sparkle of snow, the dazzle of the Christmas lights, the glamour of the shopping malls, and perhaps even the supernatural power of God that brings life to a spiritually dead world because of the sacrifice of His Son Jesus. Part of the magic of Christmas to me is the miracle that we survive the month with all the Christmas parties, celebrations, writing out cards, shopping for gifts, preparing programs, and still getting done the usual busy tasks we have on a daily basis!
We can do much to prepare for the season, and think about cutting back every year, but really we keep these traditions going because of a reason: they are special. Everyone seems a little kinder, happier, friendlier and more generous this time of year. The snow really does put a “magical” feel in the air, and it’s so cozy to be inside a warm house when it’s cold outside, nestled up in a blanket, and perhaps reading a good book or watching an inspirational Christmas movie. Sips of hot cocoa, hot apple cider, coffee or tea are also welcomed on a cold, brisk night.
While we enjoy time with family and friends, and enjoy the celebrations, let’s be careful not to forget why we have this religious holiday: to celebrate not only that Jesus came as was promised, but He fulfilled His mission successfully while here on earth: to die on behalf of mankind. We have a tragic fate due to the curse of sin in our lives that some don’t even realize they have, but that ignorance is not a free pass. We are responsible for our sin, and yet thankfully Jesus loved us so much that He gave His life for us. “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21). That is truly something to celebrate!
Enjoy a couple songs that celebrate this season and the true meaning of it.
Christmas Love lyric video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FTOO6czKUQ
Something to Celebrate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIKYLnKXu80