Another Christmas has come and gone in a flurry of tinsel, lights, good food, family and friends; and already the New Year looms on the horizon. This was my second Christmas as a Mrs. which meant double the family get-togethers, double the amount of food and most of the time – double the fun!! My hubby’s side of the family celebrate on Christmas Eve with a party, games, performances and food at midnight and this year was Disney themed. Everyone came dressed as a Disney character and there were three family groups who performed short productions. We were in Goldilocks and the Three Bears which we actually changed to Emperor Kuzco and the Three Animals in order to fit with people’s costumes. I’m not a big one for rehearsing and being in productions…but it was quite fun on the night and all the groups did a great job!
On Christmas Day it was lunch at my Mum & Dad’s place with my Mum’s side of the family. This year, we’d also invited a couple from our church who don’t have family in our city and it was quite fun and refreshing to have new faces on Christmas Day. We ate food food, shared in a Kris Kringle, sat in the sun, took family photos and played games…until I got sick. 😦 starting to wonder whether I’m intolerant to something – quite possibly dairy- and this was yet another day that I felt knocked out by whatever my body doesn’t like. I also had to work a dinner shift too so by 9pm that night, I was knackered. But a good day overall.
Even though I was sick the following day too, it still consisted of good family and friend catch ups and it made me really think about all those people around the world who don’t get to celebrate the birth of Jesus in a similar way. It makes me sad. It really does. But I suppose that’s not what Christmas is all about at the end of the day…it’s God. His Son coming to earth as a crying, dirty, hungry baby; born to a teenager who wasn’t even married yet in the back of a pub at night. Sounds like the start of a crappy story really…but it’s these humble beginnings that make me stop and think about the humble, simpleness that is Christmas each and every year. We make a huge deal out of this holiday, but mostly in ways that I’m sure God never intended. Did anyone see this sign in their shopping centres over this period?
Every time I saw it I wanted to sigh really loudly and for a long time!! Happy giving? Seriously? I’m sure that’s a typo…you mean #consumerism right?? You want me to get tipsy-excited about buying a bunch of stuff from your store thinking that I’m getting right into the Christmas spirit?? Don’t get me wrong – I bought stuff to give as gifts and I also got gifts too…but it’s not the centre of Christmas like the world is trying to push for. The centre of Christmas is Jesus coming into a broken world to teach us how to love and be loved. Simple as that. God gifted us with His only holy and perfect Son…and that’s something to be truly excited over if you ask me! Is this too uncool…?