By Dr. Duane Costello,\u00a0Faith Fellowship Church So here is the scene: you just finished celebrating Thanksgiving in your home and then BAM;\u00a0Black Friday hits you full force. One minute you are slowing down a little to celebrate with\u00a0family and friends and taking time to be thankful for all that you have. Thankful for family,\u00a0friends, a job or a host of other things. Before you know it the stores are so crowded that\u00a0people are running into other people to make a mad dash at the item they are looking for on\u00a0sale. I went out once several years ago and waited in line while it was still dark. Once the race\u00a0began I ended up walking out of the store with bruises on both legs from people running into\u00a0me with their shopping carts. Now don't get me wrong: I am not trying to say that Black Friday\u00a0is evil or anything.\u00a0But, is Christmas really necessary? Is buying gifts necessary? Is putting up decorations\u00a0necessary? Are Christmas parties necessary? A lot of people go in debt to buy presents; is\u00a0that really necessary? I guess it all depends on what your view of Christmas really is. For\u00a0some, it is just a time of spending money they don't have. For others, it is a time to get some\u00a0days off of work; while others it means more work. For the stores it is a time where they can\u00a0get out of the red and get into the black, as far as their books are concerned. To me Christmas is very necessary. To me Christmas is about our Lord and Savior; Jesus Christ\u00a0coming into this world as a baby who would ultimately go to the Cross of Calvary years later to\u00a0die on the Cross. He did this because He, being perfect, came to die and spill His blood out to\u00a0pay for mankind's sin debt. John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only\u00a0begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." God did this so that sinful man could have a way to be made right with God so that if man\u00a0would come God's way, he could have eternal life. Christmas is necessary for many reasons; but for me it is necessary because of the hope that\u00a0this time of the year brings to millions of people. It is a time of "peace on earth, good-will\u00a0toward men." It is a time when many people stop and "smell the Christmas air" and look for\u00a0ways to reach out and be a blessing to others who are not as fortunate as they are. It is a time\u00a0for family and giving and receiving. God so loved the world that he "gave".\u00a0What did God\u00a0give? He gave His only begotten Son; Jesus Christ. For who? The entire world. The world is in\u00a0chaos more today than ever. Christmas breaks through all this and says, "Hey, in Jesus you can\u00a0have 'peace on earth' and good-will toward men. Christmas forces us to deal with the baby\u00a0Jesus. Jesus is the Christ; the Son of God; the Messiah; the one who could forgive man of their\u00a0sins. It forces us to either gravitate toward Christ or we allow ourselves to gravitate away from\u00a0Christ. If we gravitate toward Christ then Christmas has a very intimate and holy meaning\u00a0to us. We look toward God through Jesus Christ. We see God for who he is; someone who\u00a0deeply loves us so much that He sent His only son to die for our sins. This leads us into helping\u00a0others in need; looking out for others instead of ourselves only. Christmas brings us hope and\u00a0joy and peace that the world doesn't understand. If we gravitate away from Christmas and leave Christ out of it then we find ourselves running\u00a0around trying to busy ourselves with the cares of the world and many times, if not all the time,\u00a0we find at the end of Christmas we ask ourselves the question: "Is Christmas Necessary?" I hope you find Christ in Christmas this year and I hope that Christmas has great meaning to\u00a0you because of what Christ Jesus has done for you on the Cross of Calvary. So, is Christmas\u00a0necessary? To me it is. I hope it is for you. If nothing else; it gives you something to think\u00a0about. Merry Christmas everyone!!!