It’s Christmas time. You know what that means: Christmas lights on houses. Christmas songs on the radio. Christmas decorations just about everywhere. The malls will be packed, and you can see people everywhere rushing to buy all their presents for Christmas. As I look around and see all this emphasis and celebration of Christmas, I notice something ironic:Christ is missing from Christmas!
     Think about it, how much time do you normally take to pause and reflect on why we celebrate Christmas? How much focus is there actually on Christ? Christ is the reason for Christmas, but somehow he seems to be missing from Christmas. When I did a search for “Christmas” in google images, there was only one picture that included Jesus in the first 6 pages. Out of the first 100 pictures, only one containing any reference to Jesus. Imagine if someone who had never heard of Christmas in their home country came to America, after observing December in America, what would they think Christmas is all about? They’d probably think: It’s about decorating trees, buying presents, and celebrating an old fat guy in a red suit who delivers gifts to people around the world while riding flying reindeer. 
       How did Santa Claus become the center of Christmas? Something wrong is happening when a fictional Santa Claus is getting more attention than Jesus. The holiday has now become largely secular, content with leaving Jesus out of Christmas.
     This may be so for many Americans, but this is not acceptable for us Christians. We hold Christ not only as the center of Christmas, but the center of our lives and very existence! 
     This Christmas, make Christ the center of your focus. Not songs. Not lights. Not shopping. And certainly not Santa Claus.  
Eliot Luongo

     It’s Christmas time. You know what that means: Christmas lights on houses. Christmas songs on the radio. Christmas decorations just about everywhere. The malls will be packed, and you can see people everywhere rushing to buy all their presents for Christmas. As I look around and see all this emphasis and celebration of Christmas, I notice something ironic:Christ is missing from Christmas!

     Think about it, how much time do you normally take to pause and reflect on why we celebrate Christmas? How much focus is there actually on Christ? Christ is the reason for Christmas, but somehow he seems to be missing from Christmas. When I did a search for “Christmas” in google images, there was only one picture that included Jesus in the first 6 pages. Out of the first 100 pictures, only one containing any reference to Jesus. Imagine if someone who had never heard of Christmas in their home country came to America, after observing December in America, what would they think Christmas is all about? They’d probably think: It’s about decorating trees, buying presents, and celebrating an old fat guy in a red suit who delivers gifts to people around the world while riding flying reindeer. 

       How did Santa Claus become the center of Christmas? Something wrong is happening when a fictional Santa Claus is getting more attention than Jesus. The holiday has now become largely secular, content with leaving Jesus out of Christmas.

     This may be so for many Americans, but this is not acceptable for us Christians. We hold Christ not only as the center of Christmas, but the center of our lives and very existence!

     This Christmas, make Christ the center of your focus. Not songs. Not lights. Not shopping. And certainly not Santa Claus.  

Eliot Luongo