I love Christmas!
It truly is a wonderful time of the year.
On any given night when I’m off from work, you’ll find me wrapped up in my blanket and nestled into the restful comfort of my sofa. The fireplace will be on and I will have my lovely cup of coffee in hand. Our television set will be streaming in the latest Christmas movie from the wonderful hallmark channel.
You’re not laughing at me are you? Cause I have a feeling quite a few of you gals do the same.
After all, its Christmas and there’s just something about this time of the year that stirs the heart and brings out the warm fuzzies in us.
I tend to get the usual eye rolls from both my son and my daughter before they hurriedly clear the room. However, my sweet hubby often indulge me and on those occasions it’s a bonus sharing his company.
I have to admit though, most of these movies are rather predictable and cheesy. The acting can be somewhat amateurish, but for a hopeless romantic like myself, some of them are just fun to watch.
Christmas, the season of love
As I was watching one of these sappy movies recently, the thought popped into my head.
“What does romance even have to do with Christmas?”
The answer didn’t take long to filter through my mind. All these mushy, gushy films share one common thread.
Romance is all about love and Christmas is the celebration of the greatest gift of love….ever! We all have a need for love and it is the best avenue through which our hearts connect. It’s understandable that movie land would want to capitalize on this wonderful human emotion over the holidays.
And when you really think about it, there’s no other time of the year when the spirit of love is so powerful. Not even on Valentine’s day. We can’t help but see it, feel it and hear it in all the festivities going on around us. It is an exciting and almost contagious phenomenon. One that is often explained away as the joyful anticipation of family gatherings and the receiving and giving of gifts, and yet, it is so much more than that. We are drawn in by the very spirit of Christmas, the spirit of Love.
The true essence of Christmas
No one has, or will ever again give a gift that so accurately reflect true love than when God gifted us his Son that first Christmas morn.
“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 cloth and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:11-12
This One-of-a-kind, heart picked Gift to us was Love Himself.
Incarnate, divine, incomprehensible Love.
Love that changed and continues to change anyone who will let it.
“Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29
So Christmas, of course, would be the perfect time for us to capture that message of love. Amidst, the festivity of the season, it is easy to lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas, hence the importance of maintaining a correct perspective throughout the rest of the year and not just at the time of celebration.
Love is not just at the centre of Christmas, it encapsulate all that Christmas is. Love sent down to us from above.
Sharing Love at Christmas
As we ponder and grasp the magnitude of God’s love for mankind, may it drive us to not only embrace it for our self, but willingly share it with those around us.
“It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you…yes, it is Christmas time every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand.” Mother Teresa
And as we gather with family and friends, partaking of our delicious meals and the exchanging of gifts, may we be mindful to also celebrate the reality of this true Love.
My dear friends, this has been a very difficult year for so many of us. Some may have even encountered or still experiencing life-changing circumstances.
For those of us in this position, the stress and anxiety at Christmas goes much deeper than finding the right gift or figuring out a dinner menu. The loss of loved ones can be extremely painful around the holidays and the lack of finances or relational strain makes it difficult to find joy in the season.
Many, many years ago, Love came as a free gift to all. Showing compassion and kindness are great ways to pay love forward, any time of the year but especially at Christmas. I strongly believe we can all spread a bit of hope as we demonstrate the true spirit of Christmas, Love in action.
“And when the Lord Jesus has become your peace, remember, there is another thing: good will towards men. Do not try to keep Christmas without good will towards men.” Charles Spurgeon
It has been a joy and honor to journey by faith with you all this year. May the rich peace of God rule in your hearts today and always.
From my home to yours,