Monday, December 3, 2012

What is Christmas?

One of my favorite holiday season rituals is reading all of the adorable Christmas books to our little ones. There never seems to be enough time to just sit and read, but we try to squeeze in as many as we can each evening.  Yet, I have not found many that seem to capture the true meaning of Christmas in a simple but straightforward way.  What is Christmas? by Michelle Medlock Adams accomplishes this.  As such, I have included the story below...

What is Christmas? by Mihcelle Medlock Adams

Just what is Christmas, anyway? Why do we celebrate? Why is December 25 a very special date?

It is about the Christmas tree, with all the twinkling lights? Is it about the Christmas cards, the ones my mommy writes?

Is it about the mistletoe, where Mom and Daddy kiss? Is it about the Christmas play, the one we never miss?

Is Christmas about Christmas gifts? I love them very much. Is Christmas about Santa Claus? His beard is fun to touch.

Is Christmas about candy canes? I think they taste quite nice. Is Christmas about Santa's list? They say he checks it twice.

Or maybe it's about the food! Mom's Christmas cookies rule! Or maybe it's about the snow. White Christmases are cool!

Is it about the Christmas songs, the ones we sing each year? Is it about the Christmas elves and Santa's eight reindeer?

No, that's not what Christmas is about! All of these things are really nice, and superduper fun. But Christmas is much more than that - It's all about God's son. 

God sent his son, Jesus the Christ, from heaven up above. He came to earth to save the world - God's greatest gift of love.

So, Christmas is the Lord's birthday, the day he came to earth. Forever we will celebrate his very special birth!

Okay, now I get it. Santa Claus and Christmas trees and presents are okay.

But Jesus is the real reason we have a Christmas Day!


  1. We love this book too. We also have What is Easter? and What is Thanksgiving? I agree, they're very well written.

  2. Thanks Misty, I will have to look into the other books too!