.............What does it all mean?................
What do I mean?
Why, the Christmas spirit, of course!
The world is doing its best to help you.
The radio stations are playing non-stop Christmas songs, whether it's the crooners of old or the peppy new songs. The Santas are on all the corners, and they're ringing their bells in front of the stores, too. Inside those stores, huge trees loom over frenzied shoppers, and the scents of cinnamon and pine are filling the air. The aisles are packed with decor and presents "just perfect" for your special someone, and even the television is showing Christmas movies and shows.
Oy vey. That's the meaning of the season, right? Kinda tires me out, just thinking about it.
I'm glad that the very first Christmas did just fine without all of that. We've come so far from the true meaning of Christmas. From Black Friday to candy canes, it's all fun, but Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Who came into this world to die. It was about Real Love.
The very first Christmas involved a poor couple, nobodies really, who would be turned away from the inn and lay the most precious Child of all in the animals' manger. Jesus was God's gift to a sinful world; He didn't come for the deserving, nor only to the Jews, but to everyone.
Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised,barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. (Colossians 3:11)
So, when we hear of Black Friday sales where people harm each other to save a few bucks, or perhaps fight over the last toy available, let's be examples that love isn't hurting someone else in order to give our child a gift -- it's doing what is right. It's showing those who are undeserving, and those we don't even know, the love of our Father. Just the same as Jesus came to die for those who were undeserving, and for those He didn't yet know in a spiritual relationship.
Let's spread the word about the true meaning of Christmas: peace on earth and good will toward all, because the Savior has come to show us how to love one another. Let's reach out to help others who are less fortunate -- in showing them the true meaning of Christmas, we will open up our hearts and have the merriest Christmas ever!