The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest
According to a British Paper (Romsey Advertiser):
"Christmas shoppers looking for a bargain should be wary of counterfeit goods which flood the market in the run-up to the festive season," the UK Border Agency has warned.
"Fake Ugg Boots, GHD hair straighteners, iPhones and iPads are among the tens of thousands of counterfeit items that have been seized by officers as they have been brought into the country in recent months."
While some people may unwittingly buy counterfeit gifts, many more people celebrate a counterfeit Christmas, celebrating Jesus’ birthday with little thought of Jesus.
A television interviewer was walking the streets of Tokyo at Christmas time. Much as in America, Christmas shopping is a big commercial success in Japan. The interviewer stopped one young woman on the sidewalk, and asked, "What is the meaning of Christmas?" Laughing, she responded, "I don't know. Is that the day that Jesus died?"
Some people have completely killed off the idea of the Christ aspect of Christmas. Surprisingly, the confusion about Christmas is becoming just as common in the USA as it is in Japan. People talk about “Christmas Cheer,” often talking about an adult beverage they intend to have at a Christmas party. When we ask someone if they are ready for Christmas their answer is likely something like, “I only have one more person to buy for” or “Yes, I’ve got all my gifts wrapped.” Santa is still very much in vogue while for many, it’s just like that night in Bethlehem, there is just no room for Jesus.
Remember, it’s Christmas, not Santamas.
I want to encourage you to make sure that you keep Christ first, central and foremost in your celebration. He put you first by becoming one of us, by suffering for us and giving us the hope of eternal life through him.
Worship the Savior. He is the reason for the season.