Christmas the most magical and wonderful time of the year. Although it seems we tend to lose the magic and wonder in the hum drum of sales, sales, sales, what am I getting for Christmas, or the what am I giving who for Christmas. A rush here and a rush there, then before you know it, it’s done and you’re off to another year of life.
What if for just one moment, we took the time to reflect? What if for one day, we dedicated sometime that we had? What if we stopped and gave to those who are really in need, instead of those who are in want? What if we made the Spirit of Christmas last year round?
The standards that we have set, are not what this time of year is supposed to be about. As I overheard a young lady in the grocery store say, just before Thanksgiving, “I hate the holidays because of the rush for gifts and the lines at the stores. I can’t wait for them to be over!”
This broke my heart! Because the whole magic of Christmas lies with the most precious gift that was ever given to us, and no video games, dolls, nor electronics could ever take that place.
He was born in a manger, of a virgin, into the realm of the human race. He was God’s only Son, Jesus, who became man, to share in our lives, to see why we should be given grace, or why He should be sacrificed for our sins. He came here innocent with nothing but our hopes and dreams. While being here for a very short time He died for grace and our salvation.
As Christians we have failed. By spoiling our children into wanting so much around this time of year, that we have lost the meaning of Christmas in translation. One way to bring back the meaning is, instead of having family, your children included, friends, or those near you give lists of what they want, have them make a list of what is needed, not only for themselves, but for others. Take the list, make special gifts out of what is on the list (i.e. Donate gifts in your child’s name, or visit a nursing home to give a card to someone who needs some cheer).
Another way to celebrate is to bring back the old traditions of making gifts for each other. Show your family that you took the time to care, not to just run in and out of a store to buy something that they may or may not use.
My best remembered Christmas, from when I was little, was when mom and dad had no money for gifts from a store, so they made our gifts. My brother got a wooden train set that he could roll around the carpet. I got a wooden kitchen play set. Mom made us stuffed animals and me a doll. I may have been only 6 years old, but I still remember playing with my cool gifts that my mommy and daddy made for me. As I’ve grown into adulthood, I have seen how much we’ve lost and grieve to regain it, especially this time of year.
I encourage you all to take the time to find the magic and wonder in Your Christmas this year! To look for the things that are actually important to your family. Remember, the true meaning of the season, bringing the Spirit and magic of this year to life. Maybe as your New Year’s Resolution, make a commitment to keep Christmas alive throughout the year, within your heart and your families lives.