"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Peter 3:15 KJV
In this day of relativism of thought and casual knowledge of most subjects, especially scripture, how important a few words in context are!
Peter's admonition is not for us to be always telling reasons 'for' the hope we have, but to be ready to answer, when asked, a reason "of the hope" that is in us.
This does not speak of an opportunity to reason as to how you acquired the hope or as to why you got it or received it. But, this is opportunity for you to express your understanding of the hope that is in you. How is it that Christ dwells within you? How is it that God would be in such as we? Indeed, why would He have to be and why is it that His presence makes hope swell within your heart?
How much of the reason of hope do you understand? Can you answer, if asked? Do you hold the faith in a pure conscience? Or is your trust in externals of ceremony, ritual, seasons, times, days, custom?
How about this? During this time when it seems that many discuss and share this time of the year and relate their understanding of the "REASON FOR THE SEASON": What if we related 'why' the babe came? Why that child was sent to die? Why He lived a perfect life? Why He suffered in silence? Why He allowed Himself to be put such an end? Why were you/I not worthy to, not only would not, but could not do any of these things? And how such unreasonable hope could be resident in you?
Thanks be unto God for the unspeakable gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ my/our LORD! Amen.