As Christmas Day fast approaches, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Shopping malls are flooded with last-minute gift seekers, commercial after commercial encourages us to buy the next big thing, and travelers fill roads and airports. It also seems that every year, stores begin putting up Christmas decorations just a little bit earlier. As soon as Halloween is over, battery-operated dancing Santas pop up at every corner.
Between the stress of holiday shopping and the distractions we face every day, keeping Christ in Christmas sometimes becomes an afterthought. This year, make a conscious effort to reflect on the birth of Christ. As you bake Christmas cookies and purchase that last-minute gift, take a moment to give thanks for the true reason we celebrate.
As Christians, let us focus our hearts and minds on Christ. What better way to celebrate the gift of Jesus Christ, than by striving to live as He lived – to be an example of goodness, kindness, justice and love to those around us. The teachings of Christ are meant to be incorporated in our daily lives, and Christmas provides the perfect opportunity to recommit ourselves to this most important task. Christmas is a celebration of the deep love God has for us, His children.
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”
– Luke 2:11
Our heavenly Father loves us so much that he sent Jesus to be born for us as one of us and change the world through people just like us. What a beautiful act of love. A tiny baby born in a manger would radically change everything forever – that little baby saved us all.
We wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and the happiest New Year! Praised be the Incarnate Word!