There is something almost magical about Christmas...
Children dream of Father Christmas and his fantasy sleigh, we picture Christmas trees, snowy scenes, filed up stockings, piles of presents and smiling families around the fire.
The reality is often not as perfect as we imagine. Some people go over the top at Christmas. The overcrowding on the streets and in the shops can lead to so-called ‘Santa-Claustrophobia’.
For many, Christmas is one of the worst times of the year. Suicide rates go up, more people die from ‘natural causes’, marriages fall apart, psychiatrists’ patients suffer regressions and family feuds begin.
With all the magic, the stress and the hype of Christmas, are we missing the point? What is at the heart of Christmas? In the words of C. S. Lewis, at Christmas we remember the ‘central event in the history of the earth – the very thing the whole story has been about’.
[exerpt from "Why Christmas? - Nicky Gumbel]
Who is Jesus? Who did he claim to be? How is he relevant today?