Everyday Can Be Christmas

Christmas has always been my favorite time of year. I love all the decorations, the music, Christmas movies and the general Christmas atmosphere. People tend to be kinder and more thoughtful in general.

However, due to the hustle and bustle the real meaning of Christmas often gets away from me and I get more involved in “doing” rather than “being”. This year, I have made a conscious effort to enjoy the season and let go of some of the doing.

Although I haven’t been 100% successful, I have felt a much greater calm this year and everything seems a bit brighter and better. I am treasuring having all three kids home and spending time with my extended family. The true meaning of Christmas for me is about love and relationships. God showed his love for us by sending his son to us in human form, and in so doing was able to show us how to be in relationship with one another. “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14.

There’s a song from a child’s Christmas movie that “Everyday Can’t be Christmas.” The song, however, is focusing on Santa Claus and the activities of shopping and gift giving and receiving, not on the true spirit of Christmas. Everyday can be Christmas as we can carry the light of Jesus inside of as we walk through each day of the year. Jesus came as the Prince of Peace and celebrating his birth reminds me that following Jesus and staying in relationship with him is the way to a life full of peace and happiness. “In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.” John 1:4

Kelley Evans

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