The Best Christmas Ever

DSC00988 - Copy“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”  Isaiah 9:6

As a child, Christmas was all about the gifts.  There weren’t many presents in our home back then — mom was a widow with seven children — but the few gifts we did receive were very special.

As a teenager, activities became the thing and the gifts became less important.  I knew I could never get or give as much as the other kids, but I could celebrate with my friends and give them myself.

As a young father it was all about the kids.  There is nothing more fun than going to the pageants, assembling the toys, visiting the relatives, eating way too much, and seeing the faces of our children on Christmas morning.

As the number of Christmases before me are far outnumbered by Christmases past, the true meaning of the Holiday becomes even more important.  For me, Christ’s birth is a reminder that God never meant for us to make this journey through life alone.

Looking for a Christmas you won’t forget?  Spend time with someone in need.  Do something for someone who can’t pay you back.  Listen to someone who isn’t being heard.  Shed a tear with someone in pain.  Celebrate the Season by being a friend and you will receive the gift of friendship in return.

“If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never dream of.  There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”  Fred Roger