Over the years I have learned that I am very sentimental. As a result, I tend to seek something extra special on days like Christmas so as to make it memorable. But over the years, I have also learned that what you do is not necessarily as important as whom you spend it with. Today I spent Christmas with my family and grandparents. We enjoyed a big breakfast and opened presents. Afterwards, we did various things, but essentially just spent the day together.
While this may not seem so extraordinary, I have come to realize it is. As we all get older, our lives become busier and busier. A longtime friend of mine got married earlier this year and with marriage often comes the issue of where to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas. While not an issue yet, within a few years this wonderful dilemma will become something that will make our simple gathering more and more difficult. So while I emotionally seek something spectacular, I already do enjoy something spectacular almost every Christmas. I spend a day with my loving family who truly do enjoy being with each other. There are people who would give anything for that.
This brings me back to the reason for Christmas. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” God on an ordinary night gave the world the extraordinary gift of His Son. Totally undeserved and unearned, God gave Christ so that you and I might be able to spend eternity with Him. The gift of Christ was given so that man could forever fellowship with God.
So in this time of reflection upon the gift of Christ, I can think of nothing better than spending it with those special people God has placed into our lives. By enjoying fellowship with each other, we embody why Christ came into the world. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given,” so that we could forever fellowship with Him.
So Merry Christmas to you and yours. I hope that your Christmas has been as extraordinary as my own.