I must admit that I have been a bit of a grump lately. Everything seems to irritate me and I have been overly stressed and worried, which has led to grumpiness. I caught a cold several weeks ago and still haven’t felt up to par. Anyone relate?
In my work, this time of year often isn’t the happiest for many people: Stress. Shopping. Money worries. Family worries. Depression. Anxiety. More stress. It goes on and on.
Yesterday, I was able to spend some time with family. We went down to Salt Lake where we saw the lights at Temple Square. As I walked around Temple Square with my two five-year-olds and my family, I realized, this season isn’t about the lights, or the presents, the money, or even Santa Claus.
You see, I remember very few gifts from Christmases past. All those presents, all those years, and only a few actual specifics stick out in my mind. More than the presents, I remember the feelings of Christmas: the excitement, the sweetness, the anticipation, the love.
The reason that this season is so special is because of the very first gift of Christmas. This video really reminded me of this first perfect gift.
The First Gift of Christmas
I don’t know everything that will be under our tree this year, and in five years, our little ones probably won’t remember either. But, I hope they will always remember what Christmas is really about: Christ. I hope they won’t forget that.
At the beginning of the Christmas season, I wish you all the very, very best wishes. And, I hope the spirit of Christmas is in your heart and your homes.
Merry, merry Christmas!