Jesus wasn’t born in a Norman Rockwell Christmas painting, Hallmark Christmas movie or home beautifully decorated for Christmas. Rather, he was born in a stable filled with the muck, noises and smell of animals. To put it plainly, Jesus was not born into a pristine fantasy, but rather right smack dab in the middle of real life. This means Christmas is not merely some quaint commemoration of the birth of the Savior of the world 2,000 years later. It is a celebration of how God still comes to you in the most personal way imaginable regardless of what you have done or has been done to you to offer salvation, healing, new beginnings and hope. And that’s exactly why the angels announced Jesus’ birth to the shepherds by calling it “Good News of a Great Joy!”