On Jumping to Celebrate Christmas Early:
The point of this time before Christmas (Advent) is not to rejoice in Christ's birth, but to renew ourselves and prepare ourselvs for Him again. Just because he was born 2000 years ago doesn't mean we can act like we do; we are just like the people in Isaiah. We are to remember that we are sinful, that we walk in darkness, and that we too can see the great light in our life in what Christ did for us. We aren't to just celebrate blindly though, we are to prepare.
We are to prepare so we can truly experience the gift of Christmas. That is, whether if there is snow or grass, turkey or ham, a plastic tree or real tree, Christmas is Christmas. And you have to be ready for it. You have to prepare for His return; His redeeming return.
For if we celebrate this too early, without adaquate reflection and preparation, we lose the meaning of Christmas; we do not take Christ's birth for the real redeeming gift that it was, is, and ever shall be.
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