Christmas: It’s the Thought that Counts

Have you ever stopped to consider why we keep so many Christmas traditions year after year?

From lights and decorations, to ornaments and gifts, to Santa Claus and Nativity scenes, to family gatherings and elaborate meals, why do we feel the need to participate in so many of these seemingly integral activities? And what exactly do they all mean?

On this episode of The DBC Podcast, I sat down with some of my favorite co-hosts, Judi Jackson (DiscipleU teacher and wife of senior pastor Allen Jackson) and Katy Swilley (DBC’s Assimilation Coordinator) to hear them share some of the specific rituals and traditions that they have come to regard as essential to celebrating the holiday. We discussed the significance of each one, and considered how each connects back to the true meaning of Christmas – that is, the birth of God’s Son in a small, backwater Judean town called Bethlehem.

We cover quite a bit of holiday cheer on this episode, from Santa Claus to Nativity yard scenes to Christmas pajamas to Martin Luther’s potential fire hazard of an indoor fir tree. In each one, we seek to understand what gives it the significance and staying power that it has, year after year.

Of course, there are plenty more traditions and origin stories we don’t cover in this episode, and if any of those happen to be one of your favorites, I hope you’ll share them with us in the Comments Section below. I’d love to hear from you!

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