Growing up Christmas had always been the long awaited day and holiday, not only to me but to all the kids in my neighborhood, all families, churches and even the pagan on the street. It’s not surprising that it still is for most people today. why not? we usually have a great weather, great food, new clothes and presents. we get to travel and that was it for me.
Merry Christmas! (remember to say that with a smile, dad would say.) No doubt, we all grew up to understand that Christmas is a very special season of the year for many people around the world. For some, the Christmas celebration has become a tradition.
For me, it was a time to get my long awaited gifts and promises from uncles and aunts. A good Christmas for me was the one that I got to travel and had new clothes and a new hairstyle. It was more important than the food that they became my yard stick for measuring a good Christmas.
The days ran fast and though some wishes came true, yet somewhere in my heart I wanted more and I just knew that Christmas had more to offer me than a few days holiday. I looked forward to every Christmas and though I did not understand, somewhere in my heart, I knew there was something special about this day.
Have I lost the beauty of Christmas? I asked myself, because presently, those things that got me excited don’t mean anything to me. No, not anymore. so what happened? why has my interest changed and what am I now excited about on Christmas? Don’t I want more?
Although we all get excited about Christmas, I would like to ask a question; what are we really excited about? or let’s make it very personal. Pause for a second, and give it a thought. why are you so excited? Don’t be quick to say that famous phrase ” The birth of Jesus” Be honest with yourself. what exactly are you celebrating? why call it CHRISTmas then? Well, what is CHRISTMAS ? What does it mean to you? What is the reason, the idea for Christmas? What if there wasn’t anything like it, what will you be doing at this time of the year? Until we answer these questions, we might just seem like a drunk man who is excited about nothing, wandering here and there.
I finally got to know why, the holiday was never enough for me, and why I always wanted more and expected more. It was because I never asked myself these questions, when I did, I found the answers. I could now see why the special gift, the joy and love that I received every Christmas could not satisfy my Christmas appetite.
Today I am satisfied, Because I finally got to know and have received the treasure of Christmas into my life. It ended the unnecessary excitement and expectations that came with Christmas because I now have all I wanted. Nothing else can satisfy. I don’t have to travel or get new clothes or hairstyle to feel like it’s Christmas. Now Christmas is a time of joy and thanksgiving. A time to serve, bless and share this good news to others!
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given…” Isaiah 9:6. I read it and tears come rolling down my cheeks and I can’t stop it. Such a humble,selfless demonstration of love just for me. Jesus is Wonderful.
I would like to know what Christmas was for you before and why you still celebrate it now.
Have a merry Christmas!