Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
– Luke 2:8-14
One of my favorite Christmas shows is “A Charlie Brown Christmas”. As kid I loved “Peanuts”, but it was the bold proclamation by Linus, that the true meaning of Christmas were these verses. In the midst of Christmas trees and Christmas lights, the over merchandising that happens at this time of year; the true meaning of Christmas is simply Jesus. Christmas is a love story, lived out by God who loves us more than we can comprehend.