I was given the opportunity to review Reflecting Christmas by Matthew J. Elliott. Matthew is the founder of Love the Saints Ministries, a website committed to “Encouraging Believers Every Step of the Way.”
Christmas is the most well-known, and popular holiday in the world. While cultures are separated by vast differences, no matter where you go, you’ll find people who celebrate this holiday. In Reflecting Christmas, Matthew looks to the Christ behind all the traditions and practices.
The Content of Reflecting Christmas
Matthew looks at the different symbols related to Christmas. He sees Christ in each of them and also discusses the way some of them illustrate our relationships to God. For example:
- In the evergreen Christmas tree he sees a picture of Jesus’ lordship.
- The bells of Christmas signify joy, like those rung at toasts or weddings. They remind us that the holiday is a celebration.
- He sees in the wreath a picture of the crown of thorns on Christ’s head.
- The Poinsettia looks back to the Star of Bethlehem.
- The lights of Christmas remind us that Jesus is the “Light of the World” (John 8:12). Matthew moves beyond that to remind followers of Christ that we too are called to be the “light of the world” (Matthew 5:14-16).
- The colors of Christmas are primarily green and red. Green, reminds us of freshness and new life. This reminds us of the spiritually new life we have in Christ.
Although I am only discussing these symbols, obviously if you’d like to know about them in more detail, you need to purchase the book.