Christmas is over and its time to slow down and relax. All the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season should be behind us. We work ourselves into a frenzy trying to buy presents, make meals and entertain guests. Weeks of stress and pressure are funnelled into a couple of days and then what happens? Often we feel let down and empty. Why? Because we are not celebrating Christmas the way it was meant to be.
If we don’t have the Christmas spirit in our hearts all year long, we can’t really appreciate what the season means. Christmas is supposed to be a time of peace and joy when Christians everywhere celebrate the birth of Jesus. We shouldn’t rush around like crazy spending money and wasting time on things that won’t last. We should be spending time with our families and friends, sharing our love and creating great memories that will last.
How did you celebrate Christmas?
Today Christians all over the world celebrate the birthday of Jesus. I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas. Here is a link to a version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah sung by the Canadian Tenors who appeared on the Oprah show back in 2010. They got a surprise they weren’t expecting. Beautiful song! Enjoy!
During the Christmas season, the malls are full of shoppers rushing here and there trying to get all their presents bought. At almost every mall, big box store and even on some street corners you can see Santa in his big chair waiting for children to sit on his lap and share their list of wants with him. Having an imagination is a good thing for children as it helps them develop ideas but how many children do not even know why we celebrate Christmas?
When I was a child, I learned about different religions and how they celebrate different holidays and special occasions. I was taught to respect the beliefs of other people and always thought they would respect my beliefs. I knew there was a Santa Claus and as I got older I realized that he was just imaginary and that many people dressed up to play his role. I also knew that Christians celebrated Christmas to acknowledge the birth of Jesus and this was not imaginary. It seems that over the years, many people have lost the real meaning of Christmas and there is more importance placed on Santa and receiving gifts. Children are encouraged to ask Santa for expensive toys and lots of them which just encourages greed. Then the parents go out and spend lots of money on presents thinking this will make their children happy but this only creates false happiness. Children soon tire of their presents and then want more. It would be far more beneficial to spend more time with their children and less money on presents.
At Christmas time, are your children waiting for Santa so they can have more presents? Or are they waiting for Jesus and celebrating his birthday?
A singer and songwriter, Becky Kelley sings a beautiful song that was inspired by her four-year old nephew who knew that Christmas was the celebration of Jesus’ birth. While he was watching the line of kids waiting to see Santa Claus and he asked his mom where the line was to see Jesus. Becky’s dad wrote the words, Becky sang the song, they did a video and before long they song became reality. Here is the link to the video:
If you want to read the entire story about the song, click here: http://wheresthelinetoseejesus.com/