The holiday season is a time to spend with family/friends and give thanks for all you've been given. Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah , or another type of holiday, you should take the time to look around and truly appreciate what's around you. It can be so easy to get wrapped up in the commercialism of Christmas. Gift wrapping, presents, Santa, and decorations- all of these seem to symbolize what the holidays are all about.
Every year on Christmas Eve, my family and I go to church. We sing the usual hymns, such as "O Come O Come Emanuel and "Hark! The Harold Angels Sing". But there's always one part of the service that really hits me. The pastor dims the lights so that the only light in the church is the Christmas tree and we all sing "Silent Night". One of the versus is usually sung a cappella As far as I'm concerned, it's one of the most beautiful experiences that I've ever been through. It's such a beautiful song that talks about the birth of our Savior and how amazing it really was. In that moment, I think about everything around me. The people that aren't here anymore, the mistakes I've made, how silly I can be about the smallest of problems. And then I realize, none of it matters. The people I've lost are with God in heaven. All the small problems that I deal with on a day to day basis can't even be compared to what the Lord gave to me in order to save me from my sins.
I don't normally like to get "preachy" about my religion. I don't want force it upon anyone else. But the fact of the matter is, this is what I believe. The thing that I am truly thankful for on Christmas is the birth of my Savior and this what Christmas means to me. Without him, nothing would be possible.
"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor Might God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."- Isaiah 9:6