What is the earliest origin of any celebration of Christ’s birth? Is it in European traditions of evergreens and yule logs, the story of Nicholas of Myra, or ancient pagans observing the winter solstice? John 1:1-18 tells a story worth celebrating that is older than time itself. Before our world began, the Word was with God and that Word was later incarnated, became flesh, and lived among us. Who cares what pagans did 3,000 years ago, how commercialism has twisted the story of a kindly man from Turkey, or even what Europeans did with trees! There is a celebration worth remembering any day of the year, the most important birth in all human history. Let’s forget the darkness of a world that rejects the light. There is a light shining in the darkness which the darkness cannot extinguish.