By Donna Hughey

Christmas is a time when people are generally much kinder and tolerant with each other. It’s a holiday associated with happiness and gaiety — a time where hope and love is often expressed. And just like in America, Christians everywhere are celebrating with festivities, gifts, food, and family. And although we might be celebrating with different customs and traditions, one thing remains the same; believers throughout the world are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

Why is the birth of Jesus such a big deal? Because he is the promised Messiah, the Savior of all people (Isaiah 7:14). Listen to what Luke 2:10-11 says, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”

That announcement alone is cause for celebration. But that was just the beginning. The birth of Jesus Christ was and is God’s greatest gift to the world because, through Jesus, all people have an opportunity to receive forgiveness and salvation.

So go ahead and be merry this season — sing songs of glad tidings and celebrate the birth of our Savior. And while you’re celebrating, make sure to pass along the reason for your happiness and joy — the best gift of all, the good news of salvation.

And to all my readers, I wish you all a Christ-filled Merry Christmas.

Donna Hughey is an award winning author and columnist. She lives in Crescent City.