In a family of modest means, a Child entered this world with simplicity and quietude. Today, He remains known across generations throughout the world. Without computers, cameras, or social media.
Christmas stands out as a holiday that unites people on a global scale. Our first encounter with Christmas often comes during the innocence of childhood. It’s not so much about who was born on this day, but the warmth, family traditions, love of family, and sense of connection as we gather to unwrap gifts from Santa Claus or St. Nick.
As we grow older, our roles shift, and we become responsible for creating this same warmth and connection during Christmas helping Santa Claus spread cheer. What confounds me is how our perception of the holiday changes as we age, even though we all experience the same celebration.
For some, it’s a time of joy adorning their homes with festive decorations. Others embark on endless shopping expeditions in search of the perfect gifts. Bakers relish the opportunity to showcase their culinary talents, and those yearning for connection fill their calendars with dinners and parties, reveling in the season’s warmth.
A select few might observe Christmas through fasting and attending Church services. Business owners rejoice as their sales surge for a few weeks, while a handful of individuals find themselves trapped in solitude and sadness, reminded from afar of the very elements we associate with Christmas.
Christmas crams an abundance of activities into a brief period: work, childcare, shopping, wrapping, decorating, baking, and reaching out to loved ones. It’s no wonder we often forget to take a moment to reflect on the Child born in a humble manger, why He came, and the profound impact He had (and should continue to have) in our lives. His teachings and stories offer guidance on how to live and how to treat others. Teachings and stories that are timeless.
Ironically, the importance of His presence in our lives is seldom expressed with the same fervor with which we celebrate His birth. Our faith in Him should hold immense significance in our lives, but the hustle and bustle of Christmas celebrations often distract and perplex us diminishing what should be important to learn and practice from this Holiday.