Why is this season delegated to being kind, acting differently toward strangers, purchasing gifts to show loved ones they matter? The heart of Christmas is to honor the birth of the Savior of the world! So why is it that we take this time of the year to (in some cases!) change our outlook on others? Change our treatment of the homeless? Take the opportunity to help a family who is struggling during the holidays?
It is a sacred time, for sure, that we celebrate the birth of the Messiah, and I think because we are reminded of God's love for us, sent in the way of His only Son, that we feel compelled to help others. As a parent, I make a point of teaching my kids to be generous, hospitable, and compassionate all throughout the year. I challenge them to be nice all year long, think about gift giving in any month of the year, not just Christmas time.
Consider these popular carols:
"O Little Town of Bethlehem"
"The First Noel"
"Angels We Have Heard on High"
Each of these songs is the gospel message in its purest, simplest form. These songs speak of the Savior coming as a babe, humbly placed in a manger in a stable, while Heaven celebrated, and the rest of the activities of the world continued seemingly without notice of Him whose birth angels proclaimed! Jesus came right then and there, and everything changed! THAT is such rich, spiritually filling food!!
This Christmas season, while you have your favorite Christmas music playing, remember that some fun music is good. But just like a healthy food diet, consider exactly what you're putting inside your mind, body, and spirit...