While not everybody knows why exactly Muslims celebrate Hari Raya Puasa, most of us do know that it is an important Islamic festival, and it is just appropriate that we wish our Muslim friends, “Selamat Hari Raya Adilfilri“on that day.
But when it comes to Christmas, it seems that there is a concerted effort by certain quarters to “secularize” the day.
It seems that many people these days could not bring themselves to say “Merry Christmas” and replaced it with the meaningless “Happy Holiday“. The phrase is even printed on Christmas cards now, for fear that the recipient might be “offended” by the mere mention of the word “Christ”-mas.
But why? Why is this day a holiday (beside the fact that it is…)?
Was it to commemorate a white-bearded, portly man in red suit who comes to town in a sleigh pulled by red-nose reindeers, and who sneaks down your chimneys (or through the kitchen windows for those staying in HDB flats…? hmm… creepy..) at midnight to pass you gifts because you have been a “good boy/girl”?
Or was it because some wise guy in the distant past thought it was a nice idea to legislate a day where we can gather at someone’s house to stuff ourselves with turkeys, log-cakes and have our hands full with beautifully-wrapped gifts?
Ironically, it is not just the “secularists” who are trying to obscure the origin of the Christmas. Even certain Christian denominations are also trying their best to undermine the significance of the day.
Yes, we do know Jesus was not born on 25th December. Yes, we know all about the “paganistic or occultic symbolism” in the Christmas decorations too… thank you very much. But those are really just moot points.
What is important is that Christians have a day set aside to remember the birth of our Lord Jesus. The day when He gave up His place in Heaven to come down to a fallen earth… to save a world that does not even deserve His salvation.
He gave Himself to us not because we are “good”, but because He is good…
Jesus, the bright and morning star.