The Feast of the Nativity of Christ is celebrated at the time of year, the beginning of winter, when the days begin to reverse the autumn-long trend toward shorter days with longer and colder night time hours.
We now will enjoy more daylight each day through spring into summer. Christmas comes as a glowing light into the cold darkness of winter. Many cultures ancient and modern keep some kind of feast for the winter solstice, and the reawakening of the sun, longer daylight hours and the retreating of darkness. We Christians see the season as a sign of the Creator God’s own activity in the world. We do not hope only in the sun to warm our hearts, h0mes and lives. For Christmas celebrates the birth of God’s Son in the world – born of the Virgin Mary, born for our salvation. We have the warmth of faith, full of the Holy Spirit.
Whatever hope the winter solstice can give us in those longer, better, warmer and more light filled days are ahead, we have the greater hope:
Christ is born!
The joys of earth will be far exceeded by those in God’s kingdom. May we all continue to move toward that Kingdom now and in the New Year to come! I thank each of you for being sources of hope in the world In each of you Christ is born, and so you become daily sources of Christmas in our lives.
See and hear A beautiful Arabic Christmas Hymn (sung in Arabic with English subtitles).
See and hear a wonderful Serbian Christmas Carol (in Serbian):