From: T.M. Schoewe
Christmas is not a tree, lights, gifts, a special meal, a sale at Wal-Mart, a time to travel etc., etc., etc.
Christmas is a commemoration, a confession, a communion, a consecration.
It is a commemoration of something great that happened in our world. It is a reminder that the Word by which all things were made came into the World ... as He promised the first parents who had lost their creation rights. It is remembering His coming as a Baby in Bethlehem to be born, live and die and rise again for His creation — bringing peace to the World.
To truly celebrate Christmas is also a confession! It is a confession that we, His creatures, are such sinners that the good Lord had to die for us in order to save us from death, the devil and hell.
And Xmas is also a holy Communion with Christ — Who asks us to remember Him: He gives us His body and His blood shed for us which is the way He remains with us until He comes again.
As we eat and drink at His Table, we cannot help but dedicate ourselves to Him. So Christmas is a consecration of ourselves to Christ and we will go through life sharing the kindness with friend and foe until we reach those heavenly shores; then go on missions for the Christ forever more.
So — go ahead; put up a green tree and give your gifts and have your favorite meal. Share yourself and gifts with others while really remembering Christmas is really a commemoration, a confession, a communion and a consecration to your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.