I love the Christmas season mostly because I love being with family and friends. We always go cut a tree right after Thanksgiving and when we decorate it many of the ornaments are from when the kids, now grown with families of their own, were little. I love it that our littlest grandkids, 7, 6 and 3, are so excited that we will be there this weekend that they tell complete strangers “Grammy & Grampy are coming to stay with us!” Maybe it’s just the presents we bring but we like to think they are also happy to see us.
Of course we buy them presents, the boys are getting Duplos and Legos. Our granddaughter likes to scrapbook with her Mom so she’s getting a new scrapbook album and stickers. The older grandkids get giftcards mostly for their ipods. The oldest granddaughter wants a gift card to buy scrubs for work. Simple stuff, we don’t spend a lot on each one, there’s too many of them.
We don’t usually get to see them all at once but are happy that they are all close enough to visit. We do miss the days when they were all home and we could go to the candlelight service at church on Christmas eve. We love how beautiful the santuary is decorated for Christmas and how peaceful it is. For us the reason for the season is the birth of our loving savior Jesus. We celebrate this with joy and thanksgiving. To me, Christmas is Love!
So you may be wondering why I would be writing about what Christmas means to me, a Christian, on a pagan website. It’s because I also love and cherish my friends and work to understand their beliefs. And I know that they feel the same about me. If we really want love, peace, harmony and joy to fill us and lift us up we all need to learn this. We also need to care for and respect those around us who have little, to take responsibility for the health of our planet and to stand up to those who would stop us from doing these things.