Luke 2:8-12 (NLT)
8 That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. 9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, 10 but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

This is the Bibles birth announcement of Jesus being born. It was given to shepherds out in the fields protecting their flock of sheep that were first in darkness and suddenly surrounded by light from the radiance of the Lord’s glory. The angels brought “good news” of the birth of a savior. The message was brought to the common people and not those who were in high position or power. The shepherds were given instructions for finding the baby Jesus so they could look upon the baby born to be their savior.

Cristes mæsse a word found in 1038 is where the word Christmas comes from. It means the Mass of Christ. While the date of December 25th is the celebrated date of Christmas there is no official determination of the day when Christ was actually born. Throughout history the Christmas Holiday has included many traditions. Some we are familiar with such as nativity scenes placed about showing Joseph and Mary with baby Jesus. Many people send out warm welcomes of Christmas cards. Greenery is used for decoration, which includes items such as mistletoe, wreaths and spruce trees. Celebrations or parties are often given around Christmas and gifts are handed out. Hymns and carols are sung by choirs recognizing the Christmas holidays. Some recognize Christ while others just provide merry entertainment. The celebration of Christmas has been questioned through history. In 1644 it was forbidden by an act of Parliament. Some of the traditions because of their pagan origins were stopped at times or made more suitable for the holiday. As we begin to enter what we know as the Christmas season I encourage everyone to remember the true reason for the holiday. It is to celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. It is recognition of Him who saved us from the death of sin being born into this world. There are many trying to tear the true meaning of Christmas away from us. Just this week there was a published news article saying an organization in Washington, D.C., our country’s capital, will be placing signs on buses that say, “Why believe in god? Just be good for goodness sake.” The American Humanist association is putting out this ad because they say, “Our reason for doing it during the holidays is there are an awful lot of agnostics, atheists and other types of non-theists who feel a little alone during the holidays because of its association with traditional religion." So let’s stop here a second and ask this question, “WHAT IS CHRISTMAS?” Christmas is the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; PERIOD. Other religious holidays don’t seem to be attacked like those of Christians. The Apostle Peter said, “So be happy when you are insulted for being a Christian, for then the glorious Spirit of God rests upon you. If you suffer, however, it must not be for murder, stealing, making trouble, or prying into other people’s affairs. But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name!” Be prepared for those who attack your faith with a sound answer that recognizes Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Remember to put Jesus first for He put you first by dying for your sins.