The radio started playing Christmas songs, facebook status updates flooded with countdowns, early Christmas promos being offered and before we know it -- Christmas is here.

Two Christmases ago, I gave as gift to some friends Rick Warren's The Purpose of Christmas . 
People nowadays see Christmas as a time to splurge, to shop, to go on extravagant holiday vacation. Rick Warren reminds us the true meaning of Christmas. That there is more to it than the traffic jams and the swiping of credit cards. 

An excerpt from the book:

The first purpose of Christmas is celebration! We learn this from the angel's opening statement to the shepherds of Bethlehem. God had wonderful news for us that would cause us all to rejoice, celebrate, and throw a party: "I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people." Luke 2:10 (NIV)

The good news of Christmas is worth celebrating for three reasons. It is personal: "I bring YOU." It is positive: "GOOD news of great joy." And it is universal: "for ALL the people." It doesn't matter who you are, what you've done, where you've been, or where you're headed — this news is for you.

This book is a perfect gift for the occasion. I  even wrote my messages to my friends on the first page of the book (whew! no need for a separate greeting card ;P) If you've got friends who are into Kindle, there is also a Kindle Edition available.

115 days before Christmas... do you know the Purpose of Christmas?