Three reasons Christmas is an awesome holiday — Letter to Sons

Doug Keating
4 min readDec 28, 2020

Christmas is one of my favorite holidays. It always has been — from my childhood to now.

Christmas is a day to spend with family, to exchange gifts, to eat good food, and to enjoy being together. It is an awesome holiday, and also a chance to take a break from the daily grind.

But, there seems to be a lot of confusion about Christmas these days.

What is it all about? Why do we celebrate?

Do we call it X-mas or Christmas?

Was Jesus really born on December 25th?

This awesome holiday is not hard to understand

For me, Christmas is not complicated. As a follower of Christ, it is the day I celebrate his arrival into our world.

The whole idea that God would become one of us, to walk among us, and provide a path to heaven is amazing. The Bible tells me that Jesus was born in a stable in Bethlehem to a poor Jewish couple.

When I reflect on this story three reasons emerge that help to explain why I think Christmas is always an awesome holiday.

1. Christ’s birth is unpretentious.

He is born in a stable to unknown parents. Sure the angels sing, the shepherds worship, and the wise men provide gifts.

But, let’s face it. We would write a different story. Jesus is the Son of God. Doesn’t he deserve the best of everything?

I would have him arrive as a rich, smart, and strong man in Rome.

Not a helpless child. I certainly would not trust the Son of God to a couple who don’t have anything to offer him, other than love.

God’s plan is unconventional. It truly is.

It reminds me that He works in ways that I may not understand.

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher

Doug Keating

Leader and learner. husband and father. Novice blogger,, Founder of All The Way Leadership!