The Meaning of Christmas
Posted December 6, 2011on:
I admit it, I am a Christmas nut. I love it. Yes, it can be stressful and yes, it has become too commercial, but I still love it. I enjoy picking out gifts for my friends and family. I start picking things up in the summer at craft fairs and in my travels. I like to give handmade items or things with a special meaning. Of course I give a lot of books but I tuck other little things in too.
I find Christmas a time to be joyful, hopeful and most of all thankful. I am thankful that I have so many wonderful people to find gifts for and spend time with. I don’t expect gifts back, it is not an exchange. Friendship is gift enough for me. Often it is the smallest most thoughtful gift that I enjoy the most. Home made baking, jams, and spiced nuts are appreciated. A special book from a second hand book store that someone spent hours finding, a poem, a song or a family photograph. Christmas gifts do not have to be expensive to warm my heart.
I sometimes feel that the meaning of Christmas is lost to the young people who are caught up in the advertising for toys and electronics, but then a grandchild will say, “Thanks for those pajamas you made me, the ones you make are the best”! When a friend shared a letter to Santa her eight year old wrote, I knew the meaning of Christmas was not lost on children Here it is unabridged and unchanged:
What I really want for christmas is for my great grandma TeddyBear to come back to life. The reason I want her to come back to life is because she was really really nice and cool.
Another thing I really want for christmas is for the Doctor doing a good job for my grandma’s cancer to go away. The reason I want her cancer to go away is so she won’t have to get anymore oporashons and she will be Happier.
One other thing I want for christmas is for my half sister Rylee that lives in England to come to Vancouver for this summer. The reason I want her to come is because I don’t get to see her that much and when I do we have a good time.
I will close with a quote sent to me by a fellow Christmas nut, Naomi:
“Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.” – author unknown; attributed to a 7yr old named Bobby
What ever your beliefs, however you celebrate this season of giving, not just of things, but of love and joy, may it be special.