The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It’s time to celebrate that most wonderful time of the year.  There is nothing like the Christmas Season.  Every year around this time, the sights and sounds of Christmas evoke pleasant memories of yesteryears of Christmas past.

I love to go shopping for family and friends.  I enjoy the sensations of the beautifully decorated malls and the hustle and bustle of the frantic and frenetic Christmas shoppers that surround me. 

I thoroughly enjoy cooking our traditional family Christmas morning breakfast of omelets with all the trappings.  I look forward to preparing the prime rib roast we enjoy for dinner.  I love watching our children and grandchildren open their gifts in glee.

All that being said, what’s the best way of celebrating Christmas?  The Christmas narrative in the Bible is very helpful and really the final authority.  What was it like the very first Christmas?  What can we learn from the scriptures?

Here are a few things from Luke 2:1-20 that may help us fully enjoy Christmas: 

First of all, Joseph and Mary spent the first Christmas together with baby Jesus as a family.  There is nothing better than spending the Yuletide Season with those whom you love and who love you.  Being with family is so very special.  There are some who do not have the ability to be with family.  Hopefully, there are opportunities to spend time with a surrogate family or a Church Family.

Secondly, there was a proclamation of a message of “good news of a great joy… for all the people.”  Therefore another way of having a blessed Christmas is by somehow sharing the message of Christmas with others.  This can be done through Christmas cards with a message, a devotional before Christmas festivities or simply sharing Jesus with someone you love.

Thirdly, there was the giving of gifts on the first Christmas.  By all means, give and receive gifts on Christmas.  But at the same time, think about giving a special gift to God.  After all, the gifts given on the first Christmas were given to the Christ Child.

Finally, the first Christmas was wrapped in worship.  Angels appeared to herald the coming of the Messiah and to worship Him.  The shepherds came to worship the Christ Child.  So did the Magi.  I can think of no better way of celebrating Christmas than worshipping the Lord.  Perhaps, you can have a time of singing Christmas carols and reading scripture before you open all your treasures under the Christmas tree or in your Christmas stockings. 

If you haven’t in the past, take time and worship the Lord on Christmas Sunday in a house of the Lord.  Also, on the night before Christmas, spend time celebrating the birth of Christ at a Christmas Eve service.  It would be a great beginning for Christmas Day.

There are so many ways to enjoy and enrich the most wonderful time of the year.

Something to think about…