“Live like it’s Christmas all year.” Some form of this phrase is said in churches all over America during the month of December. It sounds nice – living with joy, hope, and generosity toward others throughout the year. At least I think that’s what they mean. Sometimes it’s not entirely clear.
But that idea misses the point of Christmas. Christmas exists precisely because we don’t live like it’s Christmas all year. That’s why a Savior was sent as a baby into this broken and sinful world. To save people who are otherwise incapable of living like it’s Christmas all year.