Many special events scheduled for 2020 have been postponed or canceled, but Christmas is not one of them. As we celebrate Christmas, some of our traditions and gatherings from previous years may be different. While all these changes in tradition may be disappointing and sad at times, we have assurance in the One we celebrate at Christmas. “Why we celebrate Christmas” is not canceled! The hope, love, joy and peace that only Jesus gives us is still celebrated!
My two-year-old grandson visited our house recently and was fascinated by the Christmas tree. As he quietly paused in front of it, he gazed at the lights and each ornament just trying to take it all in. I loved watching his little face light up with the discovery of yet another ornament. The tree has homemade angels and snowflakes, ornaments with pictures of our family through the years, manger scenes and crosses. He was captivated by each one and gently touched them with “just one finger” as we talked about what they were. We shared this moment in time for at least 30 minutes, which in two-year old time is remarkable.
As I observed his reaction, I could not help but think about my own reactions to this Christmas. Am I pausing to reflect on the manger scene and the birth of Christ? Am I in awe as I reread the Christmas story as if I am hearing it for the very first time? Am I taking in the enormity of the scriptures with wonder and amazement? This Christmas I want to spend time with my Savior, awestruck by His sacrifice for me. I want to ponder the miracle of His birth. I want to take all this in with childlike wonder as I gaze at the manger scene.
No, Christmas 2020 is not canceled. The hope Jesus gives through the grace and mercy of His ultimate sacrifice for us can very much be celebrated regardless of what may be different this year! Spend some time with Jesus this Christmas and reflect on the scriptures with wonder and amazement.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13