One of the main origins of Christmas was the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the historical and present day Savior of the Christian faith. There are over a billion Christians -Followers of Christ - globally who celebrate Christmas for this reason. Even though, people in the west celebrate Jesus Christ’s birth on December 25th, they understand the exact date is not actually known. It is only believed Christ was born around this time based on the ancient calendars and time frame. Christians celebrate Jesus Christ on a daily basis, but choose his birthday as a way to celebrate his birth corporately and to express the joy they feel about His Gift of Salvation. Though Christmas has become a mixture of both Christian and non-Christian themes the origin of the holiday remains the same for Followers of Christ. For anyone celebrating Christmas there are traditions that we all share: giving of gifts, sending Christmas cards, enjoying Christmas music, going to a Christmas church service, gathering with family and friends, putting up Christmas trees or lights, hanging a wreath on the door, and decorating with garland, mistletoe, or holly. Jesus Christ, for believers, also represents and embodies the Love of God for the World. So, whether you believe in Jesus Christ or not, when anyone says Merry Christmas, they are simple wishing you love, joy and laughter as you join or respect them in celebrating the birth of “Immanuel”(Jesus) on this Holiday “…and they shall call his name Immanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” Matthew 1:23b. Pensacola’s Pearls of Wisdom – Lessons from My Father wishes you and your family a very Merry Christmas!!