OK, I admit it, I have always been sort of a scrooge. I just feel like Christmas has become way to commercialized! What happened to family just spending lots of time together around a beautifully decorated Christmas tree and around a table totally covered with delicious food? And giving thanks to God for sending His only Son to this earth with one reason, and one reason only -- to die for OUR sins! Oh no, we are all way too busy and preoccupied to sit down and relax and really enjoy this season. It's all about "what am I getting for Christmas" - "what am I buying such and such" - "don't say 'Merry Christmas' because it offends people (yet they never fail to put up a tree, or observe the day off)."
The fact is, we have the holiday (holy day) to symbolize the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ! If you celebrate this holiday, you need to realize that if it weren't for our Lord, there would be no Christmas!
People used to tell me that when I had a child, I would love Christmas. Well, it hasn't really helped so far. Maybe he is still too young to realize the "magic" of the season. Yes, he will have the fun of fantasizing about Santa (I mean "hoo hoo" as of right now), but he will also be taught that everything we have in this life is a gift from God! Without Him, we would be nothing!
I love Christmas for the real meaning, but it still doesn't make me want to throw my tree up and sing Jingle Bells. I would rather go to church, spend time with family, and sing good Christmas carols that reflect the birth of Jesus. So, if that makes me a scrooge, then BAH HUMBUG! But, to each his own. I just hope that this year, and from years on out, everyone takes the time to observe the true meaning of Christmas! Yes, it is fun, and "magical," but it is that way because of that little baby that was born a little over 2000 years ago.
I hope everyone has a wonderfully blessed CHRISTmas!