Editorial: Celebrating Christmas together

Dec. 22, 2012 @ 05:43 PM

As Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Tuesday with millions around the world, we pause today and encourage remembrance of why the day is celebrated.

Our individual worlds are hectic. We have feelings for this time year based on our lives, whether it is the impact of family, friends or events.

We shudder at the commercialized aspect of it all, but we find it hard to refrain from jumping in and taking advantage in an effort to show our love for someone through a gift.

Lights are twinkling in many places, and most of us see something other than the bright light to the world that comes when thinking of Christ’s birth.

As the Advent season closes and the 12 days of Christmastide begin in the Christian liturgical calendar, we encourage all to let go of issues that divide, to unite in spirit, and to celebrate a most special time as told to us through the gospel according to St. Luke, 2:1-18 (King James version).

“And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good will toward men.

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, ‘Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.’

And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.”