It truly is the MOST wonderful time of the year… isn’t it?
Presents under the tree
It’s all magical.
Honestly it wasn’t that way for me. Although my family celebrates Christmas, we did not celebrate it in the traditional (American) way. Meaning, there were no lights, no trees, no presents under the tree. We just went to church and that was how we celebrated. So I resented the holiday. In my younger years, all my friends at school talked about what they got for Christmas and I felt that I would either have to lie about getting things, make up this magical Christmas experience or be quiet. I did all three.
I think the thing that frustrated me the most was that my parents could afford the gifts, the lights and the sparkles but they just chose not to do that. It wasn’t the way they grew up and they didn’t see the need to emphasize on all that. Instead, our faith was the epicenter of Christmas hence our going to church.
In hindsight, I thank them now for doing this for me. In all honestly life has been especially hard lately. Being in my twenties and trying to figure things out has had its VERY challenging moments. And celebrating Christmas this year would have been a challenging moment for me but realizing what my parents did for me shifted things into perspective.
NOW don’t get me wrong, I love all the fluff but through my parents way of celebrating Christmas, I am now learning that Christmas has little to do with the fluff and much more to do with the most important things that we tend to neglect. Things like…
Let me break it down.
Jesus — He’s the reason for the season. Period. This holiday season we are celebrating his birth. The fact that he was born, lived among us, took on the sins of the world, died, and rose again. He did all this so that we could have a personal relationship with the Father (God). Now yes, technically he wasn’t born on December 25th and blah blah blah but it’s still a time to celebrate him for what he did for humanity. And yes, we should also celebrate him the other 364 days a year but celebrating him on Christmas is cool too.
Family— My family is ALIVE and WELL. I recently heard that this is the time of the year that people experience the most deaths. The fact that not only do I have my family but they are all in good health is another wonderful reason to celebrate.
Health— My health is my wealth and despite the terrible junk I eat – that I KNOW I shouldn’t be eating, I am still in great health. I am immensely grateful for that.
Current possessions— Lately I have been noticing a lot of homeless people. I don’t know why but I see how many of them hold signs begging for money while cars pass them by day after day and give them nothing. It’s heartbreaking really. Then I think about how that person would love to be in my situation. I think about how that person would view my “problems” as their blessing. It definitely changes my perspective.
Listen, the purpose of this article is not to preach at you but rather it’s to ask you to focus on what you have instead of what you don’t. If you took the time to look around you would see that you indeed have a lot to be thankful for. Christmas is not about the gifts or the lights or the fluff but instead it is about a wonderful Savior that took on the sins of the world so that we could be in a personal relationship with God. That’s the real reason for the season. Aside from that, nothing truly matters.
So, if you don’t have gifts or lights or fluff- that is OK. Instead grab your friends and family and go to church OR read the nativity story (Luke 2) OR watch a nativity movie OR just eat and laugh and enjoy the wealth of being surrounded by family and or friends that love you because that’s what Christmas is TRULY about. You forget about the fluff but the memory of being surrounded by loved ones will be etched into your memory for eternity.
So… MERRY CHRISTMAS! Please enjoy your day because you have a lot to celebrate!
Secondly, thank you for reading, liking, posting and sharing the contents of this website. I am honored that the words I have written have touched your life in some way, shape or form. I will not be posting any new content for the remainder of the year but will return in 2017. Again, from the bottom of my heart… thank you.
See you in 2017,
Emem Joy Emah
PS: If you got offended or simply don’t understand the title of this article, YOU NEED to watch this movie.