It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Ahhhh, December 16. It’s truly the heart of the Christmas season now. Shopping, decorating, baking, eating, caroling, rushing, stressing. I love all the trappings of Christmas. This time of year is truly special and the fun never ends. However, it’s easy to get caught up in the festivities of the Christmas season and forget its true meaning. Cookies and lights are always a nice touch to this time of year, but the importance of Christmas isn’t in the cookies. It isn’t in the gifts, or should I say, the deals you got on those gifts, its importance is in something more meaningful. Something that lasts forever. The best gift ever given. The importance and meaning of Christmas is in Jesus Christ, our Savior.

Can you imagine it, feel it, experience it? The moment when He first entered the world. Pause the wrapping for a couple minutes and just reflect on that wondrous night. Put yourself in Mary’s shoes. You’re a teenage, pregnant, newly-married, girl. You’re feeling anxious. Questions fill your head as you struggle to grasp everything the angel told you. What does your husband think? Does he really believe your story? Can he possibly think you’re carrying the Son of God? What will happen to you? Will they cast you out, shun you, or possibly even kill you? What did you do to carry such a large responsibility? Can you make it on this long and grueling journey to Bethlehem? Will your baby be safe?

The list goes on. Mary gave birth to Jesus Christ, our Messiah, on the first Christmas. She was young and afraid, yet she was full of faith and believed. Jesus entered the world in a stable and was laid in a manger (feeding tray for farm animals). The Son of God was born amidst nasty, smelly, dirty animals. Jesus literally became nothing just so He could save us. This humility and love of our Savior should be at the center of the Christmas season. Mary’s faith and humbleness should be a model for this time of year.

So whether you’re making your famous Christmas cookies, or simply decorating your tree, remember the true meaning of Christmas. Spend time with your family (including that weird uncle) and make awesome memories. Lend a hand to those in need. Love this time of year and make each day special, for it truly is the most wonderful time of year.

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