One of my favorite Christmas movies is White Christmas. It is a classic Irving Berlin musical mainly set after World World II. One of my favorite songs from the film is called, “Snow.” In the song, the characters of the movie describe all the things they can’t wait to do in the snow while singing, “What is Christmas with no snow?”

In South Carolina, our Christmases are rarely white. I can agree with the song though, that it is nice to picture Christmas with a blanket of snow surrounding twinkling lights on a house. There is something beautiful, clean, and new about snow falling. The dead leaves on trees are suddenly made pretty with snowflakes falling from the heavens. I recently learned that snow helps regulate the temperature of the Earth’s surface and helps balance its energy; essentially, it makes the whole Earth new.

Isaiah 1:18 says that making us new is what Christmas is all about:

“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.”

At Christmas we celebrate that we have a God who loved us so much, he was willing to come to the Earth as a human baby in order to wash our sins as white as snow. That’s a common phrase used throughout scripture, “white as snow.” It’s like God wants us to think about a dramatic image when it comes to our understanding of how clean we are.

God invites each us of us to let go of our scarlet sins as He offers us a white, snowy new start through him. Every person can have a “white” Christmas through the gift of the Christ child to us.