I really really love Christmas. Ever since I was a little girl, it has always been the most magical time of the year for me. When I became more active in my faith and really learned about Christmas, it wasn’t something that was just magical, but something that was so beautiful, peaceful and filled my heart with such joy.
Today I found myself quite overwhelmed with all the things I need to do before Christmas. Thinking about all the gifts I need to buy, money I’ll spend to buy said gifts, party planning, and all the things I want to do with my kids to make some memories.
Suddenly, a thought popped into my mind.
“What do you think Jesus thinks of all this?”
A sinking feeling hit my stomach as I thought about it.
The presents. The decoration. The Christmas lists. The parties. The lights.
They are all so fun, and they certainly aren’t bad. I don’t think Jesus dislikes these things either.
But gosh, It’s easy to center Christmas around all the things instead of centering it on Christ.
And I just wonder how He’d feel about all this?
I wonder if it breaks His heart a bit to see us stressing during a time that we should be rejoicing.
I’m reminded about the truth and why Christmas ever came to be.
The God who created the entire universe, the one who spoke everything into existence, the one who breathed life into each of us...
He decided to put Himself into humanity.
He decided to be born in the most humble of circumstances. Even though He’s GOD.
He didn’t come to be a big shot or a show off. He came to endure all our pain, suffering and sin, so that we had a chance at eternity with Him.
The King and Creator of the universe made Himself a human, so that we could be saved. It had to happen that way for our salvation.
That’s what Christmas is.
The celebration of the arrival of Jesus.
Our amazing, beautiful Jesus.
There is nothing wrong with the gift giving, the lights, the decorations, the parties or any of the other Christmas things.
But let’s not forget what it’s about.
So sing your heart out. Enjoy every light and decoration you see. Have fun giving gifts. Soak in the Christmas warm and fuzzies. Love those you are with.
But let’s do it with Christ in mind.
The one who IS the reason for all of this.