Remember the reason for the season

What a wonderful time of year the Christmas season is ... the parties, parades, carols, the gathering of families and giving and getting of all those gifts. There’s absolutely no surprise that most people will tell you this is their favorite time of the year.But enjoying what is for most of us our favorite time of the year, we need to remember the “reason for the season.”We write this every year in this space for good reason.Every year on Dec. 25 we Christians celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.Yes, we know there are a great many “educated” people who want to remind us that the winter solstice has been a celebrated pagan holiday since time immemorial.Some Christians are even ready each year to remind us that Dec. 25 wasn’t the date of Christ’s birth. And that’s true. The date of Dec. 25, roughly corresponding to the date of the winter solstice, was chosen as the “traditional” birthday of Jesus by early Christians for no other reason than to appease pagan tribesmen.The Christmas tree, the Yule log, the wreath and countless other Christmas traditions come directly from pagan celebrations and ceremony.But that makes little difference today.Christmas is not a few days off from school or work. It is not the giving and receiving of material gifts. The true meaning of Christmas is not even found in the opportunity for families to come together and fellowship.It isn’t found in Dickens' a “Christmas Carol,” the songs about “Frosty the Snowman” or “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” or even in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” penned by good old Dr. Seuss.All of those things have become Christmas traditions and we should cherish them.What we must not forget, once again, is that Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Christ.We Christians know why that is important. The real reason for the season is to remember what His immaculate birth represents for all of us.Yes, we believe that Jesus is the reason for the season. More importantly, we think, He is the reason for every season.