The western Christmas holiday is first and foremost a marketing bonanza to promote commercialism and retail sales, like most holidays. It is one of the religious holidays, designed to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Western commercialism presents it as a "family friendly" positive holiday, with family traditions practiced for gathering together and exchanging gifts. Hollywood has produced many "feel good" films over the years to be played at Christmas time, to promote the "Christmas spirit." It is also the time of year when Christmas music is played to contribute to this "Christmas spirit." Many Christians will celebrate by reading the biblical stories of Jesus' birth as recorded in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. If you are gathering together with family and loved ones during this season, and enjoying this holiday, consider yourself blessed. There is nothing I am writing here that is intended to steal your joy during this season. By all means, enjoy it, while you can. But the Christmas holiday season also brings much sadness, for there are many who are separated from family and loved ones, including the multitude of parents in the U.S. who have lost their children to the corrupt child welfare system that routinely kidnaps children from loving families, often through medical kidnapping. Others are separated from family because they stand for the Truth, and Jesus Christ, and have counted the cost of being a disciple of Jesus, which more often than not means losing the support of your biological family. So if you find yourself this Christmas alone and separated from family, take heart, and be encouraged, because even Jesus was eventually rejected by his family, and even considered "insane," because he spoke out against the tyrannical Jewish system of his day. Also, while the birth of Jesus brought great hope and joy for humanity as the long awaited Jewish Messiah, his birth also brought much pain, suffering, and even death for many. This is a story that is part of "Christmas" that most family gatherings will probably exclude from their Christmas traditions, and it is recorded in the Gospel of Matthew.