I at first thought I would write about the one consistent in my memory of Christmas. I am never home for Christmas. I wrote two pages describing all the rushing around that occurs. Having to go here and there and the kids not even getting to play with their new things until the entire event is over and we drag our tired selves home.
I mentioned how I really have a hard time buying Christmas gifts for other people. It's not that I don't like giving, I do, I just worry about giving the wrong gift. What if it's the wrong color, the wrong size, the wrong item all together? What happened to being excited just because someone thought enough of you to give you a gift.
Then I realized my problem. It's not Christmas I don't like, it's not even the running. It's the commercialized have to run, have to buy, have to think about Santa that I really have a problem with. It's the entire idea that we have lost sight of what Christmas is all about.
In preschool we sing a song that goes like this.. “Christmas is Jesus' birthday, Christmas is Jesus' birthday. That's why we're happy and that's why we sing, Cause Christmas is Jesus' birthday.” I wonder do you remember? Not that song that the children sing but do you remember that Christmas is Jesus' birthday?
Christmas shouldn't be a time where you get so carried away with all you have to buy, all the running you have to do, all the snow you wish you had. I really don't think there was snow in Bethlehem on that night. We get so caught up in the things we have to do, we forget why we are celebrating in the first place.
Christmas is Jesus' birthday. Did you forget? Have you remembered? In trying to find my way here I asked my children why we celebrate Christmas. They all said because it is Jesus' birthday. This year Christmas falls on Sunday. Will you stay home from church because it's Christmas and you want to open your gifts from Santa? Or will you go to church and celebrate the One who has come to save you? Should it even be a question?
So this year my family will attend church. We will give thanks and celebrate Jesus' birthday. We will then go home and open our gifts and enjoy each other. Then we will go see the family. I think for a moment I forgot that part too. It's not the running I should be looking at, it's the gift of family. Yeah they are all crazy. What family isn't? But maybe just maybe if only just once a year, we can set it all aside. We can come together and celebrate and if they have forgotten why, I know a great nine year old who would love nothing more than to remind them. I even know a sometimes Scrooge who may break out into a song that goes a bit like this....”Christmas is Jesus' birthday, Christmas is Jesus' birthday. That's why we're happy and that's why we sing, cause Christmas is Jesus' birthday.”