Celebration of Christmas...is there a right way?

 I have been asked on occasion to give my opinion on the best way to celebrate Christmas.  Certainly there is no shortage of ideas on radio, TV, and family traditions.  What would we do without Pinterest?  Is there really a better way?  Does the Bible give us instruction on how to celebrate Christmas?  The answer may surprise you. 

   The Bible does in fact tell us how to celebrate Christmas.  It also tells us how to celebrate Easter, Thanksgiving, July 4th, Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, and Labor Day.  It tells us how to properly observe President’s Day as well as Martin Luther King Day.

   What?  You did not know it was all in there?  1 Corinthians 10:31 reads; “Whether, then you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”  There is the basis for celebration, and the purpose for it, the glory of God.  If you celebrate anything, the way in which you celebrate must be governed by one single guideline, does God receive the glory He deserves? 

   God is certainly not against celebration.  He commanded the Israelites to have great feasts and celebrations.  The Bible says there is great celebration in heaven each time a person comes to believe and follows Jesus.  The only rule is that it brings Him glory.  And why should that be?  Well, He does deserve it, but more fundamentally, everything finds its purpose and joy in His glory.  When HE is glorified, the result is always joy and blessing for all His people.

   So whatever you do or don’t do, be guided by this great truth and let the celebration begin.