Friday, December 1, 2017

Remembering What Christmas is Truly About

As December rolls in, excitement begins to stir inside me. The 25 day countdown begins. Christmas, undoubtedly, is one of my all time favorite holidays. I love the lights, the presents, the baked goodies, everything.

But for some reason, every time I think of Christmas I think back to this one particular year, when I was in middle school desperately wanting to give and receive gifts. I had saved up loads of cash so I could splurge on buying my friends as many presents as I could afford.

I remember going to school that day with hoards of gifts stuffed into my backpack, searching for my friends so I could hand them their presents. One by one I gave each person their gift only to realize I hadn't gotten anything in return.

I was devastated. I felt like I had no true friends and my entire Christmas was ruined. I went home, laid in my bed, and cried. 

When the morning of Christmas came, I looked under the tree and saw all the gifts my sister had gotten from her friends and instantly felt saddened. In my thoughts, Christmas was a royal disaster.

I tried to fix my mood by eating lot's of cookies, watching movies about rain deer and Santa Clause. I even thought watching my dad enjoy the gift I got him would fix my upset mood. But nothing was working.

Somewhere along the line, I had misplaced Christmas' true meaning. I had been so focused on the gifts, the food, and Christmas fairy-tales that I'd forgotten the most important reason for the season.

God's Christmas gift to mankind.

The ultimate meaning of Christmas isn't the giving or receiving of gifts. It's not the holiday shaped cookies or the cheery Christmas tunes. Although, all of these things are great, they don't quite capture the true essence of what Christmas is about: the Lord of heaven came down to earth to dwell among us and redeem his people.

Christ is our Christmas gift. This is the truth that we cannot forget this holiday season. 

The world has already began it's attack on the true meaning of Christmas, we as Christian girls need to shed God's light on this season.

The common focus when it comes to Christmas in our culture is rarely Christ. Most movies, store ads, and decorations are focused on fictional characters, and other less important meanings towards Christmas.

But as Christians who understand the profound truth of Christs birth, we don't have to play by the world's rules when it comes to our focus for this holiday season.

We know of the incredible gift Christ gave us by coming to earth to live among us in order to save us from God's wrath. We can celebrate this beautiful truth this Christmas season.

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