Today in church the priest called all the kids up to the alter and had them sit around him. He asked them what we were celebrating. They answered: Christmas.
He then asked why Christmas is important. One of the little boys said Jesus came.
He asked again: why is that important? They answered: Jesus came to save us.
He asked what Jesus saves us from; a little girl answered: Slavery. The congregation laughed. The priest said she was right and to not laugh.
He asked: what kind of slavery; one kid finally said sin. He then went on to explain that God loves us so much, he sent his son to save us. Jesus was born on Christmas, ergo the celebration. He then sent the kids back to their seats and turned to the adults. He told us the important part of Christmas is that Jesus was born and that God loves us. The significance of Christmas is this.
But, I think it’s even more than that. That’s important, but there’s more. The important part of Christmas is spending time with family and friends and being grateful for everything you’ve been blessed with.
There’s a lot of craziness going on in the world today. People don’t understand what it means to “have Christmas spirit.” They aren’t especially kind or patient or understanding of others. People rush around trying to get the best gift at the best possible price. Stores have crazy sales. The workers get frustrated with all the chaos. TV stations have specials with movies and Christmas shows, all full of commercials proclaiming the coming holiday and the hot gifts and things. Kids make lists and sit on Santa’s lap and take pictures. But that isn’t what Christmas is about.
My family and watched The Grinch tonight. I will forever believe that Dr. Seuss was a brilliant man. That movie will never get old. The lesson: Christmas [didn’t] come from a store; Christmas is who you’re with and how you spend your time together. That’s what Christmas is about. About kindness and generosity and being thankful.
This Christmas, my hope for you and yours is that you really get to enjoy your time together.
Merry Christmas to you and yours.