christmas_moscow460It’s the largest celebration around the world each year. Other holidays get a single day, but Christmas is emphasized for an entire month, one twelfth of every year. During the Christmas season, billions of people set aside their normal routines to decorate their homes, send out greeting cards, buy gifts, go to Christmas parties, attend church services, sing Christmas songs, watch Christmas TV specials, and travel long distances to be with their families. Christmas sights and sounds fill the air everywhere….

If you stop to think about it, is is astounding that the simple, unassuming birth of a peasant boy born 2,000 years ago in the Middle East has caused such commotion – his birthday even causes traffic james today in places like New York City, Tokyo, and Rio de Janeiro.

You may have never realized that every time you check your calendar or refer to a date or write one down, you are using Jesus Christ as your reference point. Because of Jesus, history is divided into BC (before Christ) and AD (anno Domini, in the year of the Lord). Every other event in history and every event on your calendar today is dated by how many datys and years it has been since Jesus Christ appeared on earth.

Even your birthday is dated by his birthday.

~ Pastor Rick Warren, The Purpose of Christmas

[Photo of Christmas in Moscow’s Red Square via The Guardian]

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