He came simply to bridge the gap between God and humanity. He came as a baby born to a teenage mother in a poor, marginalized family. In those realities he came like most babies on this planet and he powerfully demonstrated "God with us," God incarnate; a God willing to take responsibility for the failure of others in order to bring healing and peace; a God willing to give his life for the liberation of humanity from disease, injustice, oppression--all the aspects of our self-destructive addiction to evil.
This is what Christmas is really all about: God willing to stand in the snow and sing, "Peace on Earth and good will toward all humanity." God willing to humble himself to bridge the gap because we are too proud to reach to him even though we need him.
It is a timeless story. It is the most powerful of parables. That is why people cannot forget it, cannot leave it alone, even when they do not believe, do not care and cannot see beyond all of the misconceptions and misinformation mixed in with the fragile truth. Tonight and tomorrow millions who have not set foot in any Christian worship for a year or more will say, "Merry Christmas," exchange gifts, sing carols and feel the wonder of a small child enchanted by lights and music and the beautiful smell of the feast being prepared. Nothing can stop it, not even Christians who look down their noses at those who suddenly appear from outside the club. It is the most powerful force in the universe. It is a God who loves you enough to want to spend time with you and is willing to die for you. An idea too big to be ignored.