HAVE YOU EVER TAKEN A MOMENT TO PONDER WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS TO YOU? I bet if you did, your meaning of Christmas would not be the same as mine.
In listening to and watching people over the past few years, I have learned Christmas congers up many different emotions and memories . Some of them pleasant. Some of them not.
And…throughout the years, meanings and emotions change. This year I am enjoying the season much more than I did last year. It seems to be more festive. Lighthearted. Joyous. Peaceful.
Last year, my mood was somber. My dad was going through chemo and my husband had just started dialysis. I had a hard time finding joy during the Christmas season.
Depending what stage of life you are in, Christmas may have a different meaning and evoke different emotions.
To some, Christmas brings sadness. Sadness remembering loved ones who won’t be present this year at Christmas perhaps due to death, divorce, or sickness. Maybe spouses or children serve in the armed forces and won’t make it home to be with their family. Loss and worry bring sadness.
To some, Christmas is magical. Lights, decorations, music, and holiday fanfare create a mystical aura. Christmas movies play 24/7. Christmas music fills the air. And Christmas shopping elicits excitement for some as they meander from store to store filling their arms with packages for loved ones.
To some, Christmas means family and friends. Holiday gatherings with plenty of food and fellowship. Noisy chatter fills the air as mashed potatoes and dressing are passed around the table. Delightful deserts are consumed. Naps, football, playing games, and children laughing strengthen bonds and bring joy.
To some, Christmas is sacred. It is the day on which the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ is celebrated. Church services. Christmas pageants. Christmas carols. The reading of Jesus’ birth in the book of Luke. All bring out a sense of awe and wonder. Without the birth of Jesus, we have no hope. We celebrate the greatest gift of all.
So take a moment today and ponder what Christmas means to you – What memories do you have? What emotions come to the surface? What pops into your mind first when you think of Christmas? – and share your thoughts in the comment section below. We would love to hear from you.
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11, ESV)
Prayer: Dear Father, Thank You for Christmas. Thank You for the birth of Your son, Jesus Christ. As we celebrate the birth of Your baby in the manger this Christmas season, let us remember that He left His royal throne in Heaven to come to earth so that He might save the world. When I think of Christmas, I think of my Savior Jesus Christ. In His precious name I pray, Amen.