Human experience unfolds in story. Meaning is fashioned from places, plots, and players fused in real-time. This is because more often than we like to admit it God uses the stories of people, events and the things we already know to reveal Himself and His will to us.
Christmas is a classic example of this.
Being gathered here together as a family already resembles something that happened around 2000 years ago in Bethlehem as the first Christmas was also celebrated by a family.
In fact as far as the biblical narrative is concerned it seems that human life begins and ends in the story of families: it starts with the story of Adam, Eve and their children and it ends with the entire household of God. In fact Matthew 1:1-17 speaks of Jesus’ genealogy: a story of families and its narratives of one family tragedy after another. And in the middle of this grand cosmic narrative is the story of the first Christmas that was again unfolded in the story of a family.