As one can imagine, I have been thinking a lot about Christmas over the past few weeks. But my thoughts have not really been so much on this Christmas. Instead, I have been reflecting on Christmas memories. You see, this will be my first Christmas since my mother passed away. My mind has drifted lately to memories or her (and the rest of the family) on Christmas. I remember as a kid going to family Christmas Eve parties at my aunt’s house. Then, we would go home to see if Santa had been there and open our presents on Christmas Eve. That was our family tradition for years.
My mom loved Christmas. For her, it was more about giving to others. She would not care if she received a gift, but she would have felt bad had she not been giving something to someone else. I haven’t really thought too much about this year until the past week. I have to be honest and say that Christmas this year just won’t feel the same. But, I’m not going to dwell on that and be sad. Christmas is a joyful time, and I will enjoy it with my wife and kids, my sister and brother-in-law, and Jacinda’s parents.
For several years now we have stayed home on Christmas. Our families travel to our house now and we enjoy Christmas activities here. I look forward to continuing our traditions this year. On Christmas Eve we will attend one of the Christmas Eve services at ClearView, where I will help serve Communion. After that we’ll enjoy the evening at home with family. The girls will get up Christmas morning to see what Santa brought and then open their gifts. We’ll have time together with family to enjoy a nice Christmas dinner and just relax.
While all these things are great traditions, they are not Christmas. So, that leads me back to the title of this post…What is Christmas? Please watch the video below then read on.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11 (KJV)
That pretty much sums it up. Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is that simple. If it weren’t for Jesus there would be no Christmas. People want to make Christmas out to be all about decorations, parties and gifts. Those are good things at Christmas, but they are not the holiday. I heard someone recently talking about the economy and how this year was going to be one of the worst for Christmas sales. He went on to say that what people need to remember is that Christmas is not about the almighty dollar, it is about the Almighty! Oh, how this country (and the world) needs to hear and remember that!
As you and your family prepare for Christmas this year, I hope you will stop and reflect on the true meaning of the holiday. Jesus Christ was born for us! That is why we celebrate Christmas! There is no other reason!
For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior which is Christ the Lord!