As a child, I have always loved Christmas because it was such a magical time in our home. My parents would always put up a tree (usually a live one), and it would be beautifully decorated with gorgeous ornaments, tinsel and lights. My dad would decorate the outside of the house with lights, a blow up Santa on the porch, and the front porch posts wrapped with red ribbons to look like candy canes. Momma would decorate the inside of the house and transform it into a virtual replica of the North Pole. My momma and daddy would do everything that they could to make this the most special time of the year for us.
As I have grown, somehow Christmas still has that magical feel. I decorate my own tree (an artificial one), and still try to transform the house into a small scale North Pole, but the magic goes farther than just the traditions and decorations. It is about the Christmas mindset of Peace on Earth, Good Will To Men, and about God leaving His Heavenly throne to wrap himself in the flesh and sufferings of this world so God himself could live out the Human Experience. In my mind, that just seems so amazingly impossible that only the one who created the Sun, Moon, and stars, could possibly desire to come to earth to live as us so that we would realize how much He loves us and cares for us. As a romantic at heart, Christmas is the beginning of the ultimate love story where God wraps himself up in the package of human flesh to give himself, his wisdom, and his life for us. He did not come with pomp and circumstance, but in a lowly manger, with barnyard animals and shepherds as his welcoming party to this earth. Only God, in his infinite creativity, could make one of the greatest events in human history such a hidden obscure, yet peaceful event.
To me, Christmas demonstrates the lengths that God will go to in order to have a relationship with His creation. It demonstrates his boundless love and willingness to show that he cares and understands our plight as human beings. It shows that sometimes the greatest blessings are those that are wrapped with love and understanding, and with just a little faith, the most amazing and outstanding things can happen.
Jennifer Meyers (C) 2010