To be honest, I don't particularly enjoy Christmas. Sometimes I feel that Christmas or the Christmas Season per se has become too commercialized. Throw on top of that all the consumer-driven hoopla that makes a holiday out of a shopping day, the bargains, the bazaars, the traffic ....all of which can often get too overwhelming.
But just when I'm about to get sucked into the “Bah, Humbug” syndrome of if all, I have to remind myself the reason why Christmas is a holiday in the first place: It’s the day Jesus Christ was born. "For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." The true meaning of Christmas is the celebration of this incredible act of love.
So aside from Christmas being a time of connecting with our loved ones and sharing with the less fortunate, it also reminds us that we each have the potential for love and forgiveness, compassion and conviction. It's a period of time set aside for us to recognize that hope still does exist in a world that is sorely in need of it.....just like the hope given us by the Child in a manger on Christmas Day.
Wishing everyone a Merry and Blessed Christmas.