We need to get back to the simple and humble realization that it's a birthday party for the Lord so to speak. And what should we do for His birthday? Well, what do we do for anyone else's birthday: We give gifts to the one having the birthday, just as the wise men gave the Christ-child so long ago. But what kind of gifts can we give to Jesus Christ? His own words teach us that in serving others, we serve Him. We can give material things for sure, if they are truly needed and not overdone, but more importantly, we can give love, understanding, kindness, patience, attention, respect, and our time (especially to our kids). May we reevaluate our holiday practices and improve them where needed (myself included), so that when Christmas time comes around, we may remember that it is about Christ's birth and the way He taught us to live and serve others that brings the true meaning of the season.
Here are the wonderful and wise words of Dr. Seuss, from "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," one of my favorite stories:
Every Who down in Who-ville, the tall and the small, was singing! Without any presents at all! He hadn't stopped Christmas from coming! It came! Somehow or other, it came just the same! And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling: "How could it be so? It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes or bags!" And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! "Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas . . . perhaps . . . means a little bit more!"
Here are some short videos that stress a more meaningful holiday season (They are great videos to show your children the night before, or the day of, Christmas, to help keep the spirit of it :)
The Reason Behind Christmas (3:43)
Christmas Spirit (3:57)
The Wise Men Seek Jesus (5:41)
The Nativity (7:52)
I hope this holiday season brings you true happiness and joy!