At this special time of year we often hear people speak about the 'magic of Christmas' or describe this season as a 'magical time of year'. The problem with a magical approach to Christmas is that magic is all about marveling at an illusion that isn't real. While it may evoke a feel good moment, the joy is as temporary as the illusion.
Alternatively, Christmas can be seen as a 'miraculous time of year' focusing on the miracle of the Christ Child. This miracle is far from an illusion, but the incarnation of God in human flesh through the person of Jesus Christ who entered our world with "good news that will bring great joy for all the people" (Luke 2:10). Celebrating the Christ of Christmas engages us with the miracle of this season, which brings lasting joy!
So, what would you like to experience this festive season? The 'magic' or 'miracle' of Christmas?