I pose this question because it keeps occurring to me and I can’t shake it: Why do YOU, personally, celebrate Christmas?
Is it because you always have, from childhood, and you’re carrying on with tradition?
Is it because you enjoy decorating for the season?
Is it because you can get great deals at all of the sales that are only available this time of year?
Is it because you have children and you want to give them a sense of normalcy?
Is it because you celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ?
Is it because you have the opportunity to get a few days off from work to relax and enjoy loved ones?
Is it because that’s what society deems “normal”?
The other thing that won’t leave my thoughts is this: If you aren’t a Christian, if you don’t believe in Jesus Christ, why would you celebrate the day of His birth? It’s not a selfish question, like I don’t want to share the holiday with non-believers, it’s a true curiosity. I invite you to please leave comments or feedback to answer some of these questions. I’d really like to learn your “reason for the season”.
My reason for the season is to celebrate the fact that God gave us his only Son, Jesus Christ, over 2000 years ago, to save us from sin. What a gift! No material gifts under the tree can top that.
Of course, I do participate in gift-giving, I do decorate my house, I do plan family dinner, I look forward to having the week off to relax and enjoy my friends and family, and to have a moment to breathe and knit my fingers to the bone (because that’s what I do when I’m not typing). However, even though I do all of these typical things during this Christmas holiday I keep in mind to ask for forgiveness, to give thanks for our Savior, and to attend church to give worship to Him with my fellow Christians.
I suppose the point of this whole blog entry is this: Christians have become the minority in this country, yet the celebration of Christmas seems to be at an all time high.
Today I pray that everyone has God come into their hearts so that we can all remember why we truly celebrate Christmas. I give thanks that we were given salvation through Jesus’ birth. I ask for forgiveness of all of my sins. I ask for widespread kindness and compassion in a country who has waged a not-so-silent war against religion. I pray that we all realize that “when you believe, you receive” not only applies to children and Santa, but it applies to us as Christians: When you believe in Him, you begin to receive His blessings. For all of this and so much more, in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!
My husband and I haven’t been blessed with children of our own. My health issues took care of that years before we were married. I have been blessed several times in my life with the children of my loved ones; my cousin’s daughters, my sister’s daughters, and my very close friend’s daughters all have a very special place in my heart. I was lucky enough to live in the same house with 4 of these girls for a minute in this lifetime and they changed my heart and life from the time they graced me with their presence until this very second. I just can’t express the love I have for them, and I honestly thought I’d never love another child like I love those girls.
I’ve been blessed with a job that has afforded me to expand my love and my heart to other children. Of course, in a school of nearly 170 students, I do have a few “favorites”. I know that certain ones recognize me sitting at the front desk and gravitate towards me, and I happily collect any and all hugs that come my way. They color me pictures, we get to interact together for a few brief minutes before they head to their classrooms, and I cherish these moments.
Today I greeted Josiah, an intelligent, handsome 3 year old and his mother (rightly, named Angel) as they walked in. He came straight to me and handed me a Christmas gift. I always greet them with a “Good Morning” and a “Have a good night” when they come and go, but Josiah isn’t one of the children who frequents my office on a regular basis. He’s such a cutie and his mother stops to speak with me from time to time after she’s delivered him to his destination. When he handed me the gift I exclaimed, “Josiah! Is this for Ms. Lisa?” and he smiled. His mother said, “No, it’s not for ‘Ms. Lisa’. He told his nana that she had to wrap this present so he could give it to his ‘Princess’. When I asked him who his ‘Princess’ was he said, ‘Mommy, you know who she is. My ‘Princess’ at the big desk.” As soon as the words were out of her mouth I scooped up Josiah and gave him the biggest hug! I had tears of joy streaming uncontrollably down my cheeks! This little child, the quiet little boy who always waves and speaks to me not only knows my name, but I’m his Princess! What an honor! His gift wasn’t only wrapped in that present, his real gift was giving me the blessing of his love.
We may not be blessed with natural born children, but we are blessed with each child that crosses our paths. I just wanted to take the opportunity to acknowledge the gift that all children can be to adults that get caught up in the rush of life. God gave them to us to nurture and love. I’m so thankful today, not only for little Josiah, but for all of the children in my life, old and new. There just can’t be too much love, especially God’s love and blessings.
Thank you, Jesus, for the blessing of today. Thank you for all of the children that have come in and out of my life and the children that I look forward to throughout my years. Thank you for letting me be a positive influence on them and help me continue to be a beacon of light to any child that needs me. In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN!