I would refrain from writing this had I seen someone posting the good news before me, but it seems I am the first to tell you that a child has been born in Bethlehem over two thousand years ago, that I believe was prophesised thus:
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).
I believe him to be the Anointed One of the Lord and on this night when Christians celebrate the traditional birthday of Jesus I would like to introduce all who might not have heard about Him to the notion that this child was fully human, but also fully divine, being God Himself descending into the cage of flesh and vale of tears that we constructed by warping His creation with our numerous sins. Being the perfect God-Man, Jesus was offered and freely gave himself up to death as a perfect sacrifice to end all imperfect sacrifices and accepted death on the cross, a fate which we all deserve, but are freed from on account of Jesus' death and resurrection. Just as the perfect Christ was not bound to the grave by death, so to we will not perish for ever, but live. Till then let us remember this night as a time when the redemption of mankind came to fruition, with a successful birth for the first-time teenage mother Mary of her firstborn Jesus. Merry Christmas!
And to those of you who might not be convinced by any of this I nevertheless wish you a happy solstice, especially those in the northern hemisphere, for whom this time signals a turning point in the gloomy winter, for we are now closer to spring and the birth of new life than we were just a few days ago. The days will get longer and the night pushed back by the light of the 'new' sun. Maybe this mystery of light conquering darkness will inspire you to search for deeper meaning, beyond truths of astronomy and geography, rotation of planets and distance from the sun. There is no reason you too should not rejoice at this merry time of Yule.