Celebrate the Season

Even though 2021 has been another challenging year, it is all the more reason to be thankful that we are here and able to celebrate Christmas – whether it be alone or with friends and family. It is, in spite of the pandemic, still the most beautiful and welcomed time of the year when both young and old and everyone in between, open their hearts to the joys of the season.

It is a time to sit back and re-visit the real meaning of Christmas. It is time to celebrate the glory of our newborn king and a time for all to celebrate peace on earth, goodwill towards men. It is a time for fellowship and thankfulness, reflection and appreciation.

Take a step back and ask yourself, “Am I really celebrating the true meaning of Christmas? Have I really focused on celebrating the birth of baby Jesus?” If the answer is “no” – it’s never too late to stop and think about what the birth of Jesus has brought to our table.

One of my favorite old-time hymns is Hark, The Herald Angels Sing and the verses are still relevant today. The end of the second verse loudly proclaims:

Mild he lays his glory by

Born that man no more may die

Born to raise the sons of earth

Born to give them second birth

I’ve always find comfort and joy in this verse, especially when things are rough. Our cherished hymns from the past are stories of glad tidings and hope – of celebration – enlightenment.

THINK ABOUT IT: Away In A Manger is really where the story starts. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear adds strength and depth to the lowly manger scene with its subtle reminder of His birth, while Hark, the Herald Angels Sing belt out, in no uncertain terms, glory to our newborn king. We Three Kings continues the story with their journey to visit the Christ child, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. O’ Come All Ye Faithful invites all of us who believe, to come and adore Him. Joy To The World links His birth with everyone, everywhere.

To younger folks, those hymns are just “old-fashioned songs.” But anyone of any age who truly listens to them will know they are the history of the birth of Baby Jesus and why we so wholeheartedly celebrate Christmas.

Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year for so many reasons – the get togethers with loved ones, fabulous food, Christmas music and holiday festivities. Breathtaking decorations and colorful outdoor lights bursting through the winter darkness, all add to the beauty of the season.

And then there’s that one very special gift – a gift each and every one of us receives every Christmas – it isn’t wrapped with festive bows and ribbon – it’s not wearable – in fact, it’s downright hard to even see!

Every Christmas day we are “gifted” with the reminder, that Jesus Christ was born to save us all. What better gift can there be?

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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