Isn’t that the question? What is Christmas?
Whatever you want it to be.
When you look at Christmas, it reflects your thoughts, your wants, your needs.
To a child, it’s a day that will never come. A day of wonderment and, of course, TOYS!
To a merchant, it may be the time of year when he gets his reward for keeping his doors open and his shelves stocked.
To some, it may be the time of year they can count on getting a job – even if only for a few months.
To a Christian, it may be a time of great joy – or even a time in which you wonder why you aren’t feeling great joy.
To a non-Christian, it may just be puzzling.
When Christ was on earth, He did the things only He could do. In other things, he expected His followers to take action – “Give her something to eat.” “Go out and take neither staff nor purse.”
He was trying to teach us to see things the way He did.
Not a leper. Not a despised tax collector or a prostitute. Each a person, loved by God.
This Christmas, look at it and try to see the best you can. A time of caring. A time to demonstrate what Christianity is about. Listen to others. Appreciate the fact that each of us is unique. O not judge.
Then take Christmas as a starting point and carry it with you as we head into the new year.
Trust me. Christmas will be what you want it to be.