It's Christmas day, and the kids got up early to see what Santa brought them. My wife and I exchanged some additional presents, and we have cinnamon rolls baking in the oven (a tradition in our house). We're enjoying some relaxing family time, as well as the gifts we were given. It's a pretty typical traditional Christmas.
I don't regret the secular aspects of the season, but sometimes we have to be reminded of the rest of it. Did you know that today is a birthday? How many of you have forgotten this? Okay, yes, I know that Jesus was likely born in the Spring and that many "traditional" Christmas beliefs and decorations are related to pagan celebrations. Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus, and that is the focus of the holiday. People many centuries ago chose this time to recognize His birth, and we continue that tradition today.
The birth of Jesus Christ was one of the most defining moments in human history (and arguably THE most defining moment). For Christians this is one of our most special celebrations, where we recognize the humble earthly beginnings of God's son. And even if you're not a Christian, the coming of Jesus defined human civilization from that point forward. A baby's birth is a joyous time...this is even more true when it is the birth of the Savior.
Part of my family's Christmas tradition is to recognize that this is a birthday. We will read the Christmas story from the Bible, and make a birthday cake for Jesus. It is important to us as parents to make sure that our children don't get so lost in the presents and decorations, and that they keep in mind the REAL reason for the holiday.
So happy birthday to Jesus! He is the greatest gift we could ever receive.