Every year Christmas always seems to come up too soon. In years past I felt like Christmas didn’t feel like Christmas. To be honest, I’m not quite sure what I was looking for. What is Christmas supposed to feel like? Seven years ago I took a trip to New York because I wanted to experience a “white Christmas.” Someone once told me that you haven’t really experienced Christmas unless you spend it in New York. Supposedly even the weeds were decorated in bright lights.
It really is beautiful in New York during the Christmas season — the snow, the lights, people bundled up and ice skating at Rockefeller Center, oh, and the list goes on. But my admiration for all things Christmas in New York came to a halt when my face turned blue every time I stepped outside. This Angeleno could not handle the cold.
This Christmas I find myself writing this blog late at night although I had wanted to write a post early this morning. Staying up late last night packing for a two-month work trip sort of got in the way. Then we had a family Christmas lunch. Then there was more packing and more emails to catch up on and more work things to do. It’s not exactly how you envision Christmas to be spent.
And yet this Christmas feels more like Christmas than ever before, even in the 80 degree Southern California weather. I think it’s because I shifted my focus from how I think Christmas should look like and focused more on who Christmas is for. Christmas is to celebrate Jesus and how he came to this world so that I could be reconciled to God. Christmas is about how God stepped into a dark and confused world and brought light and purpose. It doesn’t matter what you are doing or where you are during Christmas. It’s about who you are celebrating.
Today I celebrate Jesus because every year I realize more and more how precious he is to me and how much I need him.
Hope you all had a Merry Christmas!