Daily Blog #239
First of all, I would like to start by wishing you a very Merry Christmas! If you don’t celebrate Christmas, well then happy holidays.
Christmas has, and always will be my favorite holiday to celebrate. There is just something that I have always loved about the holiday season. From waking up to see what gifts Santa brought me, spending the day playing with all of my new toys, to skating on the pond across the street from my house until it was too dark to see. Christmas has always been a happy time of year for me, and I guess that is why it has always been my favorite holiday to celebrate. At least that is how I used to think.
Over the years, though, the meaning of Christmas has changed for me. As I was watching my niece last night, I couldn’t help but think back on my childhood, and reflect on how Christmas has changed for me throughout the years. Here are 5 ways that Christmas has changed for me throughout the years.
Christmas always used to be about gifts, more-so, it was about receiving gifts. There was nothing that I enjoyed more than going under the tree, organizing my gifts into one big pile, and counting how many I had. Mainly I just wanted to make sure that I have more than my sisters. Yeah, I was a greedy little boy.
Now, I actually enjoy giving gifts more than I enjoy receiving gifts. I am to the point in life where if I want something, I will probably just buy it. But there is something special about giving a gift to someone, and being able to put a smile on their face. To me, that is more meaningful than receiving a gift.
Well up until last night, I used to get excited for Santa to come. Why? Because it meant more gifts. And what person doesn’t like gifts from a stranger who comes through the chimney and illegally enters your home? Then, last night, my parents told me to stuff the stocking for me three year old niece. I looked at them with a puzzled look on my face, and that’s when it happened. That is when they dropped the bombshell on me, and told me the truth about Santa. Saddened, I stuffed the stockings, and felt like a part of my childhood had been taken away from me. All within a matter of a few seconds. This has been a difficult change to swallow.
As a child, I used to wake up on Christmas morning, gather all of my gifts from the night before along with the new ones that Santa had left me, and would play with them all day long. With breaks only to eat, I was the child who would run around the house like The Tasmanian Devil leaving a mess in every part of the house that I was in. Now though, I often find myself lying on the couch all day long watching Christmas movies, and getting in at least one catnap within the day. As I have aged, Christmas has become more about relaxing and eating good food, instead of playing with gifts and destroying every room.
I have always been somebody who enjoys spending time with family. Now though, more than ever, I realize the importance of being able to spend the holidays with my family, friends, and loved ones. Personally speaking, I would much rather have my entire family around than receive any amount of gifts. As selfish as this sounds, I don’t know if that is something that I could always have said.
5. THE REAL MEANING
Presents, Santa, food, cookies, school breaks, sledding with friends, building snowmen in the backyard, and Christmas music. These were the things that I used to think Christmas was all about. With every year that passes, I realize that Christmas isn’t about any of these things. Christmas is about celebrating the birth of my Lord and Savior. Celebrating with the ones that I love the most, being grateful for all of the blessings in my life, and spreading joy and happiness to everyone in the world. That is what I see as the real meaning of Christmas.
Whatever your beliefs are, do what it is that you can to do spread joy and happiness in the lives of those around you. Take a few days, reflect on your life, rest and relax, and acknowledge all of the blessings around you.
Merry Christmas to you all, and may you be blessed for years to come.
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