Christmas has always been my favorite time of year. I love the decorations, the music, the candles, the movies, the traditions and the time spent with family. I love our family tradition of opening one gift on Christmas Eve and laughing with my siblings. I love spending hours opening gifts on Christmas day, watching the faces of loved ones as they open the presents that were specially chosen for them. I love sitting around the dinner table later that afternoon, enjoying the delicious food my mom made. I love playing cards with my family while drinking coffee and eating cookies at all times of the day. And I love that this year I got to share all of that with Isaac.
To be honest, Christmas this year was hard for me. I love traditions, and struggle with change, Being married has been wonderful, but sometimes it’s tough for me to get used to things being different. Thankfully, I have a very supportive husband who, even though he probably didn’t completely understand what I was going through, was still there for me and helped me work through it. I loved getting to see what Isaac and his side of the family do for Christmas, because I know those things he has done with them over the years are special to him. I think my favorite part was running back to the bedrooms so Santa could deliver some last minute Christmas gifts. I felt like a giddy kid all over again. I know things will only get better from here, especially as we begin to create our OWN traditions and find what works best for us. What I have to remember most of all, though, is that the time with family, the presents, the decorations and the traditions really don’t mean anything. While they are fine to have, I cannot forget why we celebrate Christmas!
This year has been so much more meaningful to me, because I truly and clearly saw and remembered what Christmas is all about. It’s not just about a baby being born, Mary rocking him to sleep and the quiet peaceful night we sing about in many of our Christmas songs. It’s about our Savior’s first coming. God took on flesh to fulfill the prophesies of old. He came to save and redeem His children. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords came HERE. It still blows me away when I think about it! I love how For King and Country put in in their song Baby Boy:
See, the King is coming down
And He’s here without a crown
The Baby Boy without a bed
Giving life back to the dead
And hear the angels shout it out
As the people come and bow.
Alleluia, what a King
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.