Many songs we sing at Christmas are reminders that Christmastime is supposed to be happy.
Songs like “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas,” “Jingle Bells,” etc. all communicate that Christmas time is to be a joyous, trouble-free season.
Honestly: Is that what you are experiencing this season? Probably not.
For some of you, the Covid 19 virus, the lock-downs, personal problems are keeping you from experiencing the joy of the season. For others, one crisis after another has run you over. With such an avalanche of problems it is hard to have a holly-jolly Christmas.
Some of you are so busy and working so hard that there is no time for sitting around a fire roasting chestnuts. It is not providing the emotional lift that you expected. In fact, for some it is almost depressing. Disillusionment at Christmas is not an unusual thing.
What can you do this Christmas to avoid disillusionment? How can you improve your level of joy this Christmas? The answer is found in the story of the magi in Matthew 2.
Magi, wise men from the East, saw a star that indicated the birth of a new king in Israel. Wanting to honor Him with gifts, they set out on a journey following the star to find this newborn King. From the attitudes of these wise men and the events that surrounded their journey, we see how we can raise our level of joy at Christmas.
What can we learn? What do you seek? Your level of joy at Christmas is directly related to what it Is you seek. Ask the question: What is it I want to get out of Christmas? What is it that would make your Christmas wonderful and satisfying? Snow? All the family together and happy? A feeling you define as the holiday spirit? Finding the right present to give? Getting the present you have been hoping for? The problem with all these is that they can leave us disappointed.
What are you giving for Christmas this year? Why not consider giving yourself? Give your time to your family. Give your compassion to the hurting and the less fortunate. Give your forgiveness to the isolated. And give your heart to Jesus? I promise you, when you look for the right thing, look in the right places, and give the right gift, you will have joy at Christmas.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
May God bless you and keep you this Christmas and in 2021.