Have We Forgotten the Reason for the Season?

The news hit the waves of my radio station stating that a school teacher was required to take down her Charlie Brown Christmas poster.

Charlie Brown?

What’s the problem with Charlie Brown?

There must be more.

One of my favorite childhood memories is huddling around the t.v. alongside my brothers, cramped on the couch, chomping on popcorn and drinking hot cocoa while being glued to the Christmas edition of Charlie Brown. The iconic scene unfolds as Linus stands on the stage of their Christmas program reciting,

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a savior which is Christ the Lord. That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown,”

A teacher with this great reminder was required to take it down. Apparently, we have forgotten that Christmas is about the birth of Jesus. Over the course of time, we’ve seen Santa and snowmen and reindeer settle in, all nestled up to the fire. Christmas presents piling up beneath the tree. Dazzling light shows all aglow.

But Jesus has dwindled in our classrooms and gatherings. He no longer is the talk of the town. It makes me sad that we might be guilty, like the innkeeper, saying “There is no room in our inn.”

If we take Jesus out of Christmas, what are we left with?

Wrapping paper to be tossed in our trash piles and toys that will be broken within a few months. Extra pounds to work off in the New Year, due to our intake of chocolate fudge. Another memory to reminiscence about how our family members drove us all nuts.

Let’s be real honest…we need Jesus in our Christmas. He is the only thing with everlasting value. He is the hope of our tomorrow!

How do you keep Jesus the center of the Christmas season? What traditions do you have?