Not that these are bad things, as quality time spent with the people we care about is an important part of Christmas - but it is not all of it.
There is something more, something truly wonderful, something that transforms lives and will last far longer than even the best battery toy! Something that gives Christ
mas meaning and purpose - it is the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus.
A little over 2000 years ago the birth of an ordinary looking baby boy in a dirty stable started something special. In fact for two millennia, that moment has divided history in two.
Our very calendar is based on that baby's birth and whatever you believe about who Jesus actually is, His birth was one of the defining moments of world history.
We think the reason that His otherwise normal birth was so world-altering is because Jesus is someone very special. God had entered into our world on a mission to save it.
Christ started something back in down-town Bethlehem, and He continues to start things in people around the world today.
So why not check Jesus out for yourself?
Please click on the More to Christmas
picture below to see a short video or use the links below to help you make up your own mind....
There are many great websites available to help you explore further - click on the images to find out more.
The Alpha Course
is great way to take your exploration a little further and there will be Alpha courses starting in Ipswich in the New Year.
Typically Alpha has around ten sessions and includes food, a short talk and a discussion at the end where you can share your thoughts. Alpha really is for anyone who’s curious. The talks are designed to encourage debate and explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, honest and informal environment.
Various courses are starting in and around Ipswich in January so check it out today!