Paul Tripp offers a few words about ensuring our celebration of Christmas doesn’t obscure the essential message of Christmas:
Guard the Meaning of Christmas
It is really sad how much of our time, effort, and energies are captured by the cultural busyness of Christmastime, rather than the core of the Advent story. We allow Christmas to be more about created stuff than it is about the incarnation of the Creator. We’ve turned the story on its head.
The glory of this story is that the Creator himself becomes a man to rescue us from our bondage to the creation. For some, Christmas has become about bondage to the creation. This is something we should guard against.
We allow Christmas to be more about created stuff than it is about the incarnation of the Creator.
Are We Overdoing the Decorations?
Christmas can also become more about decorating and acquiring than about being rescued. We all want to decorate our lives with beautiful things that we think will satisfy us.
Maybe what we’ve done with the Christmas story is a metaphor for that desire. What we’ve done with this season is a metaphor for how we just want to decorate everything so that life is beautiful to us. But that never ends up satisfying us.
It’s not wrong to want your house to be beautiful at Christmas, but if that’s what the season is about, you’ve missed the whole point. Christmas proclaims that nothing but Christ’s redemption is ever going to give us what our hearts long for, rescuing us from things that can’t satisfy.
It’s not about created stuff, it’s not about decorating and acquiring. It’s about the incarnation of the Creator—rescuing us from all those false hopes.