It’s easy to get caught up in the commercial aspects of the holidays. We are constantly bombarded with advertising and the ever-growing Christmas lists of family members. For many who have lost loved ones, the holidays can also be a sad and lonely time. Being mindful of the true meaning of the Christmas holiday is one way to stay on track and to experience the best of this time of year.
When we celebrate the birth of Christ, we are celebrating the emissary of love to all humankind. The Lord and Savior of the world was born to bring salvation to every human. This is no small event to celebrate. And yet, we so often forget the reason we share with others. Of course, there are no gifts we could exchange that could ever compare to the gift God gave to us. But if we remind ourselves of the true magic of Christmas, that of receiving the greatest gift of all, then we can also feel that joy more fully no matter what is happening in our day-today lives.
This Christmas, take the time to savor time with family and friends. Notice the impact that those you love have on you. Stand in awe of the beauty around you in the lights and the sights and smells and sounds of the season. And in the faces of your children and grandchildren. Stay grateful for the kindness and compassion in the world. It’s there if you choose to look. And so is the undying love of Christ, the reason this season is truly magical in every way.