Yesterday, I outlined all of the things I dislike about Christmas; but I want to assure you there are plenty of things I love about this time of year. I do not dislike Christmas.
I love other people’s decorations. I love Christmas music – both religious and secular. Go Tell It On the Mountain, Joy to the World, and Hark the Herald Angels Sing are among my favorite Christmas carols, but I also love Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, Felix Navidad, and Santa Claus is Coming to Town.
I love Christmas Eve. Eating dinner at Grandma and Grandpa’s. Opening gifts (yeah, I know, the same ones I hated shopping for) and seeing how much Grandma and Grandpa enjoy watching everyone open the garage sale items they’ve been purchasing for months. Then going to Christmas Eve candlelight services at 11:00 with music, communion, and time to reflect on the meaning of the holiday.
I love Christmas morning…getting up and enjoying breakfast, a fire, and music as we open gifts. I love watching Dad on Christmas morning because he’s still childlike – enjoying every moment of the morning, especially watching everyone open the gifts he’s carefully selected.
I love Christmas dinner. Good food, smiles, laughter, games, relaxation. No more pressure, just enjoying one another. A day of love. Dr. Seuss summed up the reason for the season in his book How the Grinch Stole Christmas,
“And the Grinch with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ‘till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
I think he got it right!
It seems that reading the Christmas story from the Bible should be required for a message reminding you to remember the reason for the season, but actually, I think you’re more likely to watch this You Tube clip from Charlie Brown’s Christmas in which Linus recites the Christmas story from Luke, but feel free to read Luke chapter 2 yourself if you prefer.
Yes, I may seem like Scrooge or the Grinch at times during the Christmas season, but I do love this time of year especially when I can avoid the hustle and bustle and remember the reason for the season.