God is not linear. He occupies all time and space (Sorry Doctor Who). So when was Jesus born and does it really matter when (or if) we celebrate? Yes, there are pagan rituals and customs that were adopted into Christmas, but then again, we were very sinful and were adopted into Christ, even before the foundation of the world! "Before the foundation of the world" is saying that before time as we know it, God has us adopted and redeemed! So no matter what day it is, whether in the Fall, Summer, Winter or Spring, Jesus came into our humanity. God gave to us before he was born. Jesus was IN our humanity BEFORE he was born (in the physical mother, Mary) so we can, in affect, celebrate his coming into our world nine months earlier! But since God is not linear, he was in our humanity before the foundation of the world. God gave before all time and continues to give and give and give!
So we celebrate Christmas.
But if we dig deeper, the truth of his
coming is far greater than worrying about customs and time. He has
redeemed (bought back) all things and all humanity. He has restored us
and has reconciled us to himself. There is nothing on earth that has not
been brought back to the Father through Jesus Christ. Even our
customs, as silly as they are, can be to God's glory and honor. So
celebrate, everyday! Be giving everyday!
(My wife was
inspired with this message while in the shower and told me about it. Goes to
show, even you being in a shower will not stop God's presence)