I read a great article recently that began sounding like a joke. There were two pastors and a rabbi at a Christmas gathering... The rabbi, over the course of some good conversation was able to make the point that we should not be apologetic as Christians about making Christmas all about Jesus. Just as one would expect a Jewish gathering to be distinctly Jewish in all that happens, we should not be afraid of keeping Christmas as a Christ centered celebration. Instead of feeling that we need to water down who we are, and what we're about, celebrating those distinctives as we gather around the Christ child who was born to set us free. While there are other images, such as the one in this post, associated with the secular understanding of Christmas, we are setting our focus on something, someone else-Jesus Christ. As I write this, there are only five days until Christmas, and the voices around us are all clamoring for our attention; last minute "deals" flood my inbox and the commercials on TV (I'm so thankful for DVR-I can fast forward through them all!) all speak to my "needs" this Christmas, promising happiness and fulfillment. My favorite Mercedes commercial has been brought back and I admit that I don't skip that one. But in the midst of all the clamor, there is a voice that simply says "don't forget my Son, the divine inspiration for all of your gift giving." May we not miss that voice, choosing to focus on Him instead of all of the other that shouts for our attention. While it may not be normal for the time and place we live, it is infinitely more fulfilling. "For God so loved the world, that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life." John 3:16 (ESV) Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!