I was chatting with a friend the other day and they mentioned that they don't really like Christmas. We didn't get deep into their stance, but knowing this friend I can imagine it has to do with not loving the commercialization of Christmas. It's probably rooted in not giving into buying things and going crazy just because of a holiday. Honestly I can get behind those thoughts, but I can't fully reach the point of not loving Christmas.
For me Christmas is a time of celebration. As a follower of Christ it's an opportunity to be reminded for an entire season of the gift that He is to humanity. Christ should be celebrated all year, but there is something extra special about setting time aside to celebrate Him extravagantly.
It's a time to celebrate family too. As my brothers and I have grown up and moved away, Christmas often is one of the few times a year that we are all in the same house together. Especially when I lived overseas and the only time of year I would come home was Christmas, it was such a special opportunity to celebrate our family together.
And if I'm being real honest, I love Christmas for the lights too! My current favorite spot in the house is on the couch next to the Christmas tree. I like to turn all of the other lights out and just soak in the glow of the tree lights. What is it about this time of year that calls for the quiet moments to sit in the warmth and comfort and glow of lights and life? It's like it all calls me to slow for a moment and just enjoy the simplest of things. My tree is old and though it's fake it sheds needles like a dying real tree. My only ornaments are handmade yarn pompoms in simple gray and maroon. But trust me, it's full of warm white lights. And so many times this season it has caused me to celebrate the slow and sacred of sitting and reflecting.
Why do you love Christmas? What are you celebrating?