It was Christmas Eve and we just finished breakfast. I was off for the holidays and was enjoying a leisurely morning with my children. My 7-year old son asked me to sit on my lap after we both finished eating. His sister had finished her breakfast already and left the table. I enjoyed some quiet alone time with my son sitting on my lap at the breakfast table.
“Are you ready for Christmas?” I asked him.
“Yes!” He replied. He paused a moment and said “When is Christmas, Mom?”
“Tomorrow” I said.
My son’s whole face lit up with joy when he realized that Christmas was finally here. His smile was huge and genuine, a reflection of pure pleasure at the fact that Christmas was a day away.
I laughed and rejoiced with him as I hugged him close. I marveled that he didn’t know Christmas was the next day. His world existed in the immediate present and his concern was only for what is happening today. He had no worry about tomorrow.
Christmas has been a worry for me since Thanksgiving. Christmas cards, family photos, Christmas cookies, potlucks, and parties hit me fast and furious this year. My days were filled with working my full-time job and my nights spent freezing on the flag football field watching my son play half the game and sit the other half out. I’ve felt too busy to think about Christmas much. It snuck up on me this year. I finished my Christmas shopping only a couple of days ago.
I needed to heed the cliche and “Slow down and enjoy the holiday season” but I didn’t know how. Every task seemed mandatory and impossible to drop. Even delegating tasks among my family members didn’t seem to alleviate my sense of drowning in the holiday season busyness. My writing and running were pushed aside by household chores and holiday tasks. Instead of being frustrated by all the commercialism like Charlie Brown in “A Charlie Brown Christmas” I was frustrated with the busyness of the Christmas season. Why do we have to do so much during the holiday season? Why couldn’t I be more like my son who was blissfully unaware of the fact that Christmas was coming and just enjoy the holiday?
“I guess I don’t really know what Christmas is all about. Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?” Yelled Charlie Brown.
“Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about,” said Linus (Americanliterature).
Linus goes on to tell the Christmas story as told in Luke chapter 2 verses 8-14 and effectively reminds everyone of the true meaning of Christmas: Jesus Christ. We celebrate Christmas to celebrate His birth into the world.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him” (John 3:16-17, NIV).
All the preparations and gatherings are all in effort to celebrate the birth of Jesus. When I see that the reason for all my baking, wrapping, Christmas-card writing, is to spread happiness to others, I don’t see the need to “Slow down and enjoy the holiday season.” I enjoy it in the midst of my baking cookies with my cousins, stuffing Christmas cards with my daughter, sharing Christmas present strategies with my husband, and sitting at the breakfast table on Christmas Eve with my son in my lap. Smiling and rejoicing with him because Christmas is tomorrow.
“The True Meaning of Christmas (recited by Linus).” American Literature. https://americanliterature.com/author/anonymous/poem/the-true-meaning-of-christmas-recited-by-linus. Accessed 26 Dec. 2018.
“John 3:16-17.” Bible Gateway. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+3%3A16-17&version=NIV. Accessed 26 Dec. 2018