For the most part, everyone we know loves Christmas and this time of the year. This year has truly been the most challenging in terms of trials and circumstances HOWEVER...we should be thankful and celebrate with those who are near and dear to us. There is something about this season that is unmatched during the rest of the year. There are so many reasons that we love Christmas and I can hardly know where to begin.
The number 1 reason that we love Christmas is because the world recognizes the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and His presence in the earth during this time. No one knows the exact day that He was born however this time of the year is when we reflect and remember why He was born, which was to save humanity from their sins and to reconcile others back to our Heavenly Father. Jesus is to be celebrated everyday (not just around Christmas time) and He is always the reason for this season. The compassion we show in recognizing His birth is the most significant part of Christmas. And today Jesus is alive and is in heaven, sitting on the right hand side of the Father, interceding on our behalf.
The next reason why we love Christmas so much is because it has always meant the gathering of family and friends. It is only during the Christmas season that we gather from a far and enjoy days filled with laughter, good conversation, good meals and tons of games. For those of us who have siblings and have naturally spread out into our adulthood, usually it is only at Christmas that we get to reunite with one other and our parents.
For some of us, it’s the Christmas parties! Who doesn’t love going from Christmas party to Christmas party (virtually this year) and celebrating with the people we care about most?! I am quite sure that there is nothing better than enjoying a day of sledding, making snowmen, drinking hot chocolate, and then coming inside to watch old movies and eat great snacks by the Christmas tree. Even the smallest parts of Christmas feel amazing. The way our Christmas trees glow each year with white twinkle lights on it. The way the house smells after my mom or grandma finishes baking their famous Christmas cookies. Gotta love it! Seeing the children sleeping side by side with each of their cousins right in front of the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve.
Another reason we love Christmas is because it happens near the end of the year. Many years Christmas becomes our Thanksgiving as well. And I realize all of the ways that we have been blessed during the past year. Here is a challenge for you: take the time this Christmas to write a letter to your parents (if they are still living), siblings, your spouse, your children, and close friends. It is worth the time and energy to write them. Share with each person in your life the ways they have blessed you during the past year. I love that Christmas reminds me to be grateful and to cherish the best things and people in my life.
Take a little time and think about the reasons you love Christmas so much. I think you will find that it truly is the greatest time of the year.