Sunday, December 7, 2008

The Reason For The Season

If you can't tell by the new color scheme & playlist, I'm a big fan of Christmas. It makes me happy all over. I've been think about WHY it makes me so happy a lot lately.

Christmas makes me feel like a little girl again. I don't like new Christmas music; I'm quite content to listen to the same CDs over & over again, especially the Vienna Boys Choir & the one my parents got from Taco Bell. And I love Christmas music from the days of Nat King Cole, Judy Garland, and Dean Martin. There are so many great memories, so many home videos of Christmas Time, so many family stories that get told every year at the our traditional Lights On Party. Christmas is like going back & living all those happy memories all over again.

I feel like Christmas is one of those holidays that is timeless, but was probably even better in a simpler time, a time before iPods and X-box, before texting (yuck) and, before Marie Callender's Pies & gift cards. I'm not saying those things are bad...sometimes I just think it would be nice to go back to the time when all of my favorite vintage ornaments were new.

Christmas makes me appreciate the ones I love more than any other time of year. All I want to do is surround myself with all of my favorite people, drink hot chocolate, & talk about the best of times & the great times to come. Christmas is a time for family & friends. You get in touch with the people that you don't hear from often, but still love. You get Christmas cards from all over & never fail to be shocked at how all the kids grow up.

Mostly, I love Christmas because of the spirit it brings. It's a time of year when we all think about ourselves a little less & care about others a little more. What could be more fitting for a holiday that's truly about the One who gave His all for each of us? We're studying the Atonement & the Crucifixion right now in my New Testament class, which has been really interesting. Not the usually Christmas story found in Luke 2, but just as important to the Christmas season. We eat candy canes that symbolize Christ's sacrifice. We put up evergreen trees that symbolize the gift of eternal life He has given to all of us. Christmas is about more than just the Birth of Christ - it's about his entire life.

Christmas is full of so many things - family, friends, ginger snaps, memories, music, good food, Christmas trees, snow (hopefully!), yummy smells, lights, tacky home-made ornaments, our Savior, laughter, life, & love.

Merry Christmas!

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