It's that Christmas season again, when everyone buys, buys, buys. When people try to outdo each other in decorating. When people fight about what to call the season - Christmas, Happy Holidays, or whatever else feels right to them. It is a season when many people feel lonelier and sadder. It's full of stress and deadlines, full schedules and more. And the food and sweets - the weight gain and the clogged arteries! Everywhere is Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph, Grandma under Santa's Sleigh.
Did we all lose sight of what Christmas is all about? It's about celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. And even if you know that part of the story - do you know about the man He was? The gentle person who was brilliant beyond anything man can be. Teaching forgiveness, love, and how to live your life according to His New Covenant. He taught so much - it can't be summarized in one sentence. And the most important part of the story - His Resurrection. The gift He gave us in taking on all our sins - and being raised from the dead on the third day. That is the most important part of the story.
No matter how you celebrate Christmas (and I will wish people a "Merry Christmas" because I am Christian - I should let people know what I am about - though nothing wrong with "Happy Holidays" because so many cultural holidays are going on at the same time) - think further about the life of this man Jesus. Think of the greatest gift He gave to us. Then feel it in your heart to give back to others less fortunate than you. Donate your time or money, or gently used items to people who need it. Make extra treats to hand out at a shelter or a children's hospital. Show others how you can show that Jesus is within you. Make his death count for something and celebrate that he was born - but remember WHY this is such a big birthday. To shower love on Jesus is to shower love on others, on the poor, on those who are in need.
Celebrate His birthday by learning the lessons from Him and doing for others as they are in need of you. Accept, love, tolerate, respect and give of yourself to others who are in need. .