What do we mean when we say Jesus is the reasons for the season?
I don't think He is the reason we celebrate with Christmas trees, expensive gifts, fancy turkey dinners, decorations, stockings, candles, and mistletoe.
In Jesus' day they didn't even celebrate birthday's, let alone Christmas. There were at least 300 years of Jesus followers who did not follow any Christmas traditions.
Many of the things we do at Christmas come from different cultures and traditions. By saying Jesus is the reason, are we trying to steal the fun from non-Christians and claim it as our own? If Christians can participate in activities that have pagan roots, shouldn't we let others own these traditions as well?
To be fair, I think people who want to say "Happy Holidays", or "Seasons Greetings" or "Give me presents Day" have just as much a rights to own the season as Christians do.
Or when we say Jesus is the reason for the season, are we saying we think Jesus wants us to celebrate Christmas? Have you asked Him what He wants you to do this season? Maybe He wants you to observe most Christmas traditions... but maybe He wants you to focus more on something else. I can't answer this one for you.
If Christians were simply people who followed Christ... Jesus didn't get worked up defending Christmas... I'm not sure if He would today either.
This season, and always, can we simply encourage each other to become more like Christ.
One verse I think applies to this is Romans 14:5
"One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. " (NIV)I think every day is a Holy day. But I'm OK celebrating with others who like to make some days more special than others.