It's a boy! Such was a recent announcement from a cousin. Such announcements are happy notices of an important event in a family's life. But if we think back about two thousand years to another birth announcement, what a difference! That baby boy's announcement was not made by a telephone call but by angels. Shepherds came looking for him. There was even a star in the sky that told of his birth leading the wise men of the East. What an announcement for a very special baby. Two thousand years later we are still celebrating his birth. Nativity scenes are often seen and Mary and Joseph are represented in many Christmas pageants to remind us of this special day. But how do we celebrate the birth of our Lord?
When our son was quite small he liked to look at the Christmas cards as they arrived in the mail. When he saw a card with a Biblical picture, he would say, ”That is the real Christmas.” Too often we get caught up in the other side of Christmas. We spend time shopping for just the right gifts and then try to wrap them in the prettiest paper and ribbon. We try to bake our best goodies and eat them until we don't even like sweets for a while. We get so caught up in the busyness of Christmas that we forget the baby. There is certainly nothing wrong with shopping for gifts and all that goes with it unless that becomes our Christmas. It is nice to hear from old friends and get together with our families. It is also nice to go to a candlelight service or watch the children take part in their Sunday School program. There is sure to be a Mary and Joseph there with a baby in the manger. Now as my son would say, “That is the real Christmas,”
But the Angels said to them (shepherds), “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign unto you. You will find the baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger” Luke 2:10-12