Why Do We Call It Christmas?

Happy Hanukkah! OK, so it isn’t Hanukkah yet, so don’t break out your menorah or dreidel just yet.

We’re supposed to be talking about Christmas, you say? What does Hanukkah have to do with Christmas, you say? Well, I’m glad you asked! Check out this clip from Phil Vischer’s latest video, “Why Do We Call It Christmas.”

In the ever growing commercialization and secularization of Christmas, we tend to toss things like Hanukkah aside or ignore it. Sometimes we are even threatened by it–scared that we are “taking Christ out of Christmas” if we acknowledge anything other than Christmas. Little do most of us realize that Jesus grew up celebrating Hanukkah (or as Sunday School Lady so aptly pointed out, the Feast of Dedication). While Hanukkah isn’t a celebration about Christ, per se, it is a celebration of God’s miraculous provision for his people. I think that’s definitely worth knowing about and recognizing.

If you pick up Why Do We Call It Christmas? (and why wouldn’t youalong with the curriculum?), here are some ideas/thoughts to take into consideration when discussing Hanukkah:

  • The lampstand was supposed to stay lit all the time (Leviticus 24:4). It represented God’s light of goodness and righteousness that was always there.
  • Why do you think it was a big deal for the lampstand to stay lit for eight days when it only had enough oil to stay lit for one day? How do you think the Israelites would’ve felt if the lampstand had gone out?
  • Read John 1:1-12 together. What is Jesus compared to in these verses?
  • Read Matthew 5:13-14 together. Who is the light in these verses?

I highly recommend picking up this video for your family or the curriculum for your church. As is characteristic with Phil Vischer’s work, there is something in this video for all ages.

Thanks to the generous people at Jellyfish Labs, I have a copy of the Curriculum DVD ($79 value) to give away! In order to qualify to win, you need to do two things:

  1. Leave a comment telling me what Roman name you’d like to have.
  2. Share this post on Facebook (be sure to tag me) or on Twitter (include @henryjz in the post).

I will choose a winner at the end of the day on Wednesday, November 16 2011.

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8 thoughts on “Why Do We Call It Christmas?

  1. Let me choose Theophilus for a Roman name. I have always thought that there has to be more stories behind this name

  2. Tim O'Neill says:

    Oh, it’s gotta be Timotheous Melancholias for me (which, come to think of it, sounds more like a flu bug than a Roman name).

  3. Crystal Card says:

    Crystalious Shineacus! Ha,tempting to say Maximus

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