I think that people might get the wrong idea about me when I talk about the Christmas Season; no, I don’t hate it! Yes, it can get too commercial and too frantic. Yes, it can be a distraction from more important things, but it can also be a great enhancement of both our faith and our relationships.
Actually, the Christmas season should be a wonderful time. I was struck the other day by just how many cherished memories that I and so many others have that are triggered by this season. You know what I mean, you’re dragging out the Christmas boxes and putting up the decorations and you come across some random object that reminds you of something that happened five years ago that was a great moment. Or maybe you have family heirlooms in your decoration boxes and you take one of them out and it triggers a childhood memory… or maybe it was a song…
I’ve also noticed lately that when people are talking about their plans, their eyes seem to light up and their mood changes; they become very happy all of a sudden.
Come on, even old Scrooge came around eventually!
What a wonderful time this can be if we just don’t get so caught up in the busy and crazy aspect of it that it becomes nothing but work. Be of good cheer, don’t worry about the “stuff” and enjoy friends and family. Who can argue with that?
And, let’s not forget why we are doing all of this in the first place; to remember the birth of the baby in the manger who grew up to be the Savior of all Mankind.
Glad tidings indeed!