I smile when I hear this Christmas song, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. It is usually while I am racing to pick up groceries, making Christmas lists, running to appointments, and doing a bit of gift shopping. Sometimes, it is NOT the most wonderful time of year.
While a single parent, it was a tough season. This ‘wonderful’ time had couple get-togethers, little family traditions, and shopping with the spouse anticipating when the kids opened their presents. But then came the not-invited parties, shopping myself, fighting with the wrapping paper, and paying the Christmas bills in January.
Years later, I still make lists, cross things off, re-make new lists, and frown when I forget the Christmas baking in the oven too long.
I believe this is the time of year to be overly sensitive to those who are really struggling and sad. Life is rarely a hallmark movie, or a beautiful Christmas card picture. This time of year, there are lonely singles, widowed, strained extended family relationships, a struggling marriage, the homeless, those financially over-strapped, and most of all; those that don’t understand the true, wonderful meaning of Christmas. This makes it NOT so wonderful.
Too often, Christmas is about doing and doing and doing (yes, I over emphasized that) and not enough about reflection. Our world is in such an upside-down mess especially right now. Families are fighting over decisions about vaccinations for Covid-19, people have lost loved ones from the disease, many unemployed, and a mountain of fear. Many are homeless, others are marginalized, some are struggling with mental health or a life-threatening disease. The list goes on and on. There seems to be no peace despite being the most wonderful time of the year.
Jesus was born to rescue us from all this. Born, himself, in a less than clean and comfy place, He knows our daily struggles. He understood those religious leaders who only wanted their own financial gain. He understood and helped those that had physical and mental ailments. He loved the little children when others only believed they needed to be silent. His whole purpose on earth was to give His life as a sacrifice so we could reach Heaven. He still understands today so we can rest in His arms. We can trust His love and respect when others won’t give us that.
For me, that is what it means when it says, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of Year. It gives me hope and peace.
We can sing holly jolly carols, open our doors to family, and reach out to those that no one loves. During this wonderful time of year, we can love ourselves, not judge others, fight with Christmas lights (oh man, did I struggle this year!), and even in pain, rejoice because of Jesus Christ. He gets us.
Merry Christmas and may you find His true Peace and ultimate Love this Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. Luke 2:11
We can believe this!