Bob-n-Along: Let's all remember the real reason for the Christmas season

By Bob Stealey | December 16, 2016
How might you best describe the celebration of a traditional Christmas? Since there are many facets of what Christmas means to different people, that'd be sort of a tricky question, and I mean whether you're speaking of Clarksburg, West Virginia; of New York City, or of Podunk Junction, USA. 
Some folks would look at Christmas simply as a holiday, perhaps the most special holiday of the entire year. There are some who would see it as an occasion to spend the better part of a whole day during the season shopping, possibly at the stores of East Pointe or Newpointe since I'm focusing here on Clarksburg.
Still, you may find other local Christmas enthusiasts watching holiday movies on TV or other Christmas
classics that have never worn out their popularity, despite the passage of time.
Please keep in mind that when I mention Christmas I'm speaking not exclusively of Christmas Day, but of
most any day leading up to December 25th or, for that matter, even some days following the holiday. Oh sure, Thanksgiving is always a great time, but somehow it just doesn't establish itself as a "season" in the same way that Christmas does, whether in Clarksburg or in New York or . . . well, you get the idea.
Of course, I'd be remiss if I said nothing about all those hardy souls with an eye to what they'll soon enough be seeing on their dining room tables in and around Clarksburg: a scrumptious repast consisting of probably turkey--despite all the likelihood that only about a month before they enjoyed it for Thanksgiving--as well as--dressing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, green beans, etc.
And there's one other way that folks living in or visiting Clarksburg may observe Christmas, and that's in
the manner of how it was originally intended. In fact, I'd have to say that next to Easter, Christmas is--for
Christians, anyway--the most hallowed time of the calendar year.
Really, since the season has been so assigned as a commercial occasion, I suppose that would tend to
designate Christmas as THE most festive period of the year. That is to say, when do the metaphoric cash
registers go "cha-ching" more than they do at Christmas?
Yet, for those who truly set aside November and December as their very favorite time of the year, quite
often it's because of their Christian upbringing. To be accurate and to be fair in my appraisal of the holiday as "the reason for the season," these individuals don't go so far as to rule out traditions like Santa Claus, Christmas trees, lights and decorations, football games on the "tube" and plenty of presents, as well as the snow outside (if there is any). Nope. These are all the highly anticipated seasonal favorites among Clarksburgers, and I wouldn't presume to call any of them heathen practices. 
While there's nothing wrong with "these few of our favorite things," it's significant that in our own minds and hearts we keep them in the proper perspective. That is, certainly, that we always remember that Christmas is celebrated to mark the birth of Jesus Christ, the blessed Savior of believers in Christ, whether in Clarksburg, in West Virginia and throughout the world. It's so vital that we recognize that greatest of all sacrifices when we honor Christmas.
This year, December 25th falls on a Sunday. Here in our city there are numerous places of worship that
will have their doors open to folks who love the Lord. We should remember to pray for all those who are
less fortunate than are we, and all those throughout the entire country who have suffered great losses
at the hands of terrorists who have no regard for Jesus Christ or for those He died for more than 2,000
years ago.
And for goodness sake, let's not be quietened by the politically correct who forget why Christmas
is observed and respected because they don't want to offend anybody. Would it be better that Jesus
would be offended?
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Today's Bible Verses:  "For I have come here from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to have my own way. And this is the will God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them to eternal life at the Last Day. For it is my Father's will that everyone who sees his Son and believes on him should have eternal life--that I should raise him at the Last Day."--John 6:38-40.

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