A shortened version of an email I was recently sent that summarizes the "why" in the baby Jesus' birth.
A group of elementary students had busily been preparing to sing at their Christmas performance. The chosen piece, "Christmas Love", would be sung while large letters, printed on cardboard and revealed one at a time throughout the performance, spelled out the title.
Only thirteen children had the honor of holding letters and a smallish young girl was very excited about her assignment. She was the "M" in Christmas.
When her turn arrived, she flipped her letter proudly up for the entire audience of schoolmates, parents and teachers to see. Thankfully, she didn't realize that the snickers from the 1st-6th graders in the audience were in response to her taking her turn.
The "M" was upside down!
When the last letter was revealed, a previously snickering audience became hushed as they read what the "mistake" revealed:
"C H R I S T W A S L O V E"*
*And, might I add, He still is?