How Much Do Americans Know About Christmas?

December 21, 2012 by Dave Jolly

When I was kid a long, long, long time ago in a state far, far, far away, everyone knew that Christmas was the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Yes, we had Santa and presents and a tree, but the main focus was still on Christ.

Several centuries later, secular commercialism has taken over and fewer Americans know what Christmas is all about. Some don’t even have a clue that it all started with the celebration of Jesus’ birth. Many who do, have little other knowledge like where was Jesus born, who were the three wise men and what did they bring as gifts.

How much do you know about the true meaning Christmas? Do you know why Jesus was born in Bethlehem? I would have been very curious to hear how those few who properly identified the gifts the wise men brought, responded to the question of why those three gifts. You see, as our nation drifts further and further away from its Christian roots, we are also drifting away from the real meaning of Christmas.

Myrrh was an oil commonly used to anoint the crowning of a king. The gold was a common tribute to kings and rulers. But the frankincense is the gift that confused many. It was a strong perfume that was commonly used on the dead to offset the smell of death, which made it an odd gift to present to a newborn. The wise man or king who brought the frankincense knew that the baby they were honoring would end up sacrificing his life and suffering the taste of death that we all must experience. Christmas is not just a celebration of Jesus’ birth, but a window to His future death on the cross.

As you gather with your family and friends this Christmas season, please take time to read the account of Jesus birth in the Book of Matthew as it is the only one that mentions the Magi and their gifts. Take the time to explain the importance of their visit and what their gifts were and why they gave those specific gifts. And don’t forget to link in Christ’s future death on the cross for OUR sins. It will add so much meaning and richness to your holiday if you do.

VIDEOS Christmas Light Displays 2012

Ric’s Christmas Lights Display 2012
Published on Dec 7, 2012

Hi to all my youtube friends, this is our Christmas light display for 2012 , I hope you enjoy it took a approx 40 hours to setup

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Christmas Lights 2012 (Lights to Music)
Published on Dec 4, 2012

This is our Chirstmas lights display for 2012. It’s the first year we have controlled the lights using a computer linked to Light-O-Rama controllers and sequenced the lights to music. We are doing this in support of Kirsty’s Kids so if you feel like donating please visit their website We hope you enjoy. For more info visit


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The LORD is great and worthy of our praise; no one can understand how great He is.
PSALM 145:3

We understand how storms are created. We map solar systems and transplant hearts. We measure the depths of the oceans and send signals to distant planets. We … have studied the system and are learning how it works.

And, for some, the loss of mystery has led to the loss of majesty. The more we know, the less we believe. Strange, don’t you think? Knowledge of the workings shouldn’t negate wonder. Knowledge should stir wonder. Who has more reason to worship than the astronomer who has seen the stars? …

Ironically, the more we know, the less we worship. We are more impressed with our discovery of the light switch than with the one who invented electricity … Rather than worship the Creator, we worship the creation (see Romans 1:25).

No wonder there is no wonder. We’ve figured it all out.