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A Gift? A Tree? Is Christmas about You or Me? or Much More Than That?

Lots to ponder at Christmas: Jesus wasn't born in December so why do we celebrate His birthday then? In fact, there was no tradition of Jews celebrating birthdays (according to first century historian Josephus) so why celebrate at all? Isn't the holiday marked with pagan rituals? Should we have a tree? And what does that tree stand for? Isn't the holiday too materialistic?   For me, Christmas is not so much the birth of Jesus, but rather an awe-inspiring celebration of the fact that God revealed Himself to mankind through Jesus. We rejoice in the truth that the Word become flesh and dwelt among us. The month is insignificant; the miracle is momentous!The Gospel of John says in Chapter 1, verses...

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