Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing, but of reflection. ―Winston Churchill
This has been a busy week—one that has made it challenging to find the fun and joy of the season. I often allow that to happen to me during this time of year. I work at a church so things definitely get busier there. I am involved in outside projects and activities that seem to fill up much of my “free time”. And when I do have time to relax, I am often tired and uninspired.
I don’t want to feel overwhelmed at Christmas. I want to wake-up my child-like sense of wonder and excitement. I want to sing and create and celebrate with family and friends. I want to worship with a deep sense of amazement and awe that God would send His Son into the world as a real person, one like you and me, so that we would understand the depth of His love.
I really like Winston Churchill’s quote above. Christmas is definitely a time for rejoicing—a time to celebrate with joy our amazing gift from God. But it’s also a time for reflection, and right now I would like to reflect and share some of the things I love about Christmas.
I love to see family and friends gather together to love each other, in spite of difficulties they may have had during the previous year, and I love spending time with my own family and friends. I love that forgiveness seems to come more easily during this season, and that generosity abounds. Neighbors help neighbors and strangers reach out to strangers. I love being part of a group that comes together to help a family have a better Christmas. And I love hearing stories about enemies who set aside their differences to celebrate the birth of Christ.
I love being with people who have a child-like appreciation of Christmas: those who wear fun Christmas shirts, hats, sweaters, or socks; those who delight in the lights and the decorations displayed all over town; and those who can’t wait to listen to and sing Christmas carols. I love it when I find my own child-like Christmas spirit and join in the fun.
I love watching Christmas movies and reading inspirational Christmas stories. I love listening to meaningful carols and singing along. I love making cards, and handmade gifts. I love finding just the right gifts for the special people in my life, and seeing the joy on their faces when the gifts are opened. I love seeing the pretty packages placed under the Christmas tree. I have to admit, I also love the excitement of opening gifts myself and finding expressions of love that were chosen just for me.
And most importantly, I love celebrating the reason for the season. I am always happy to unpack my nativity sets and place them in various locations around my house to remind me of what is really important. I love going to church on Christmas Eve and and participating in worship. I love the peace that settles in my heart during the candlelight singing of “Silent Night”. The soft light of the candles is a great reminder that Jesus came into the world to be a light for all mankind.
I hope you take some time to reflect on what you love about Christmas. I know that for some of you this is a difficult time of year, but I hope you are able to find some light and joy during this special season.