Well, we made it to Christmas day! We made it to the climax of our many Christmas programs, baking and parties to the heart of Christmas. And I wonder, do you have the Christmas spirit?
Better yet, what does the Christmas spirit mean to you? Is it the warm and familiar feeling of being with family and friends around a soothing fire and mug of hot chocolate? Is it anticipation in the eyes of a child unwrapping a special gift? Or is the spirit of Christmas something else?
The answer is found in Christ, who for our sake came to earth as a babe in human flesh that first Christmas morning.
It’s not the rush we experience when we get a gift, or a holiday bonus at work. These aren’t bad, however the real spirit of Christmas is found not in what we get, but in what we give. It’s becoming ever more like our Savior in the spirit of selflessness. And not just Christmas Day, but throughout our lives.
Perhaps you’re in a position to help put food in the mouths of the hungry. Maybe you work with the elderly and can dispense a much needed hug, healing their hurts. Ultimately, doing so is in the service of dispensing the Christmas spirit.
You see, the spirit of Christmas isn’t a once-a-year experience. It’s a spirit to be embraced year round. It’s the spirit I want reborn each Christmas as my family and I watch yet another rendition of A Christmas Carol across the miles.
May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace, the gladness of Christmas give you hope and the warmth of Christmas grant you love.