Why all the happiness? I'll let you figure that out, unless you are one of those people I told last night!
Today is a day of celebration, as well tomorrow. Unfortunately, this time of the year is almost always about the gifts. Don't get me wrong, gifts aren't bad. But sometimes we forget that Christ is the center of the reason for our celebrating. Christ came and lived and died and lives again, all for us. We shouldn't forget that, and yet sometimes we do.
We cave into political pressures, and say, "Happy Holidays." I understand the reasoning behind this, but I also know in my heart that I will say "Merry Christmas" to each and every person who says "Happy Holidays." Because without CHRISTmas, this world would be nothing.
Obviously, Jesus did not come on a cold and snowy night in December. But just because His actual birthday isn't known doesn't mean we all can't agree to celebrate on December 25. It seems like Christmas is the one time of the year that everyone puts their differences aside to visit with family and friends. Christmas is the one time of the year that we can all be of one accord and celebrate God's gift to the world, even if some do not believe.
Maybe some would argue the whole gift-giving. Why give gifts to each other? When the Wise Men found Jesus, they gave Him gifts. Maybe the gift-giving wasn't a big part of Christmas till a couple hundred years ago, but it has become a tradition now.
I think the sad thing is, is when giving gifts becomes something you "just do" because it's Christmas. Giving gifts becomes old, and almost mechanical, boring. Some rush around the stores and try to find the "perfect gift" because that's "what Christmas is all about." In reality, it never started that way. I encourage you to find the reasons behind your gift-giving and get back into the heart of Christmas. :)
Have a great day today! And Merry Christmas to you and yours!
A couple pictures for you all!
My nieces :)
The proposal :)
And the ring :)