During the Holiday Season, you find there are two types of people. Those who thoroughly enjoy everything Christmas, and those who trudge through and deal with it. The hustle and bustle excites some, but overwhelms and stresses others out. The shiny, sparkling, glittery lights excite one group, but for others it’s over the top.
If we look deep inside and ask ourselves WHY we feel the way we do about Christmas – we might be surprised by the answers we find. If we connect to our soul and observe why we can’t enjoy the season, we might see that our hearts have truly moved away from the meaning of Christmas.
There are many reasons we disconnect from the meaning of Christmas. Maybe we’ve lost someone we’ve loved and we don’t want to face the holidays without them? Maybe we’re under financial stress and the pressure to buy gifts is overwhelming? Maybe we are dealing with personal health issues and Christmas is a huge list of “to do’s” that feels unending? Maybe we compare ourselves to everyone else around and our version of Christmas feels utterly less than what we see on our friend’s social media?
I love watching Christmas movies, but one of my absolute favorites is the Charlie Brown Christmas movie because right in the middle of it the scene suddenly shifts and Linus, while holding his security blanket, begins quoting the story of Christmas out of Luke 2: 8-14:
“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy and will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven and on earth, peace to those on who his favor rests.”
When we pull back all the “stuff” and remember Christmas is about Christ coming to earth, our perspective begins to change. Christmas is truly about us receiving the greatest gift of all time - an invitation to have a personal relationship with the Creator of the Universe. God sent His Son to earth as a baby, so we could have the gift of eternal life! The gift of all gifts! Who wouldn’t want to celebrate this?
What if we took the month of December to thank God for the miraculous gift of salvation while we celebrated? What if we gave thanks as we setup and decorated our tree and untangled those crazy lights that never work right? What if we invited God into our stress-filled Christmas shopping and traffic jams? What if we allowed God to speak through us when we gather with family members we are in conflict with and put Christ back into the center of everything we do this holiday season?
How would it change our perspective? How would it affect our heart?
When we realize that we get to celebrate Christmas because Christ willingly came to earth, it can remove the tension and stress from finding the perfect toy. We embrace the gift we’ve already received and are able to bless others with gifts from the overflow of gratitude in our own hearts.
So, if you’re having a hard time getting into the holiday spirit (I honestly was until I shifted my own thinking) take a few minutes and read through Luke, chapter 2 and invite God to give you a new perspective on the ultimate gift of Jesus Christ coming to earth.
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