Christmas is such a magical time of the year, especially for children! I'm not sure that it has that same magical feeling for adults, but, it can! It's up to us as adults, to help our children and families find and keep the Christmas Spirit throughout the season.
I know how easy it is to get caught up in the commercialized Christmas that we are bombarded with everyday this time of year. It's hard not to feel guilty if we don't give our wife diamonds, or give our children and husbands the latest electronic or digital gadgets! But, in ten years, they won't remember what they got for Christmas 2010. What they will remember is the Christmas Spirit that they felt when they were with you!
I always think of the Grinch, when I think of Christmas Spirit. Remember in the show, how he was standing on his mountain with his little dog. He had just taken everything from Whoville, all the toys, gifts, food, Christmas trees and decorations . . . everything! Then, just when he thought he would hear the people of Whoville crying, because he taken away their Christmas . . . he heard singing:
And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. ~Dr. Seuss~
The true Christmas Spirit is about love and kindness, not materialism and shopping. Do your best not to get caught up in that.
I pray that I can be more Christlike this Christmas season and always. That I will think of those less fortunate than myself, give what I can and then keep them in my prayers. I want to make this season as memorable as possible, with family, music and laughter. I want to make my home a haven for my family - a place here they can come to feel the "Spirit of Christmas", not just the stress and hassle of another holiday.
What do you do to make this season special for you and your family?