What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”
― Dr. Seuss,
I wish Christmas was everyday. I wish we didn’t have to wait all year to observe it properly. The fact of the matter is that a lot of us have amnesia about this amazing holiday.
You see, Christmas celebrates a miracle birth. And if we lose sight of the fact that the baby born was the gift God has given for us, then the whole season makes no sense; then it’s just everyone making a list, checking it twice, and returning it the next day if it’s not what they wanted. Oh, and having (more) debt to pay in January (that truly sucks).
Sadly, this is pretty much what’s happened to Christmas. We got a gift, but many of us didn’t want it. A life was given for us, but it seems He’s become more like a nativity scene for decoration; worse, He was also replaced with a pretty tree and put lights and ornaments on it (Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing inherently wrong in decorating for Christmas or doing anything Christmas-y, we just don’t want to miss the reason for the season).
That’s not the tree we see on the Christmas story; Jesus carried a tree and died on it. He is the Light of the world shining in the darkness (Lights are my favorite decoration, maybe that’s why!).
But the Christmas story doesn’t end there. This Jesus who died for us, also came back to life. He’s not in a grave, he’s in heaven with God, but has left His Spirit with us, to guide us always. Christmas culminates on Easter! Now that’s something to be festive about!
On Christmas, we look to the past, but we know the hope awaiting us in the future. Talk about some real holiday cheer right there!
The Christmas story looks to Him; it begins with Him and it ends with Him. God loves us so much that He displayed His grace by sending His only Son so that we can have eternal life if we believe in Him.
Christmas is a great time to spend with loved ones and give to those in need; giving is the essence of Christmas after all. So celebrate, decorate, and exchange gifts. Just take the time to appreciate the Greatest Gift that was given to us and for us. There wouldn’t be CHRIST-mas without Christ.
I really wish Christmas was celebrated every day, simply and thoughtfully; without stress and debt; full of joy and gratitude. That’s how I wish it could be.
Wishing a very Merry CHRIST-mas to you and your loved ones,