I hear the bells tinkling and the laughter of young people. Children with wide eyes looking at all the bright lights do not seem to notice the crowds bustling around them. Their mouths seem to open as wide as an apple. The excitement and joy make older folk smile. Contrary to what some might think, these are the most satisfying joys of Christmas.
Granted some people think expensive gifts are necessary to show their love but this is not so. My fondest childhood memories are tramping through the woods with my older brother and sister to find the best tree, making decorations for it, listening to music and waiting with anticipation when my father shut the doors to the kitchen. After he’d ‘rattled’ around for what seemed like ages, he’d come out carrying his surprise. A variety of candy bars cut into bite size pieces and displayed in a candy dish. What a treat!!
Laughter and songs declaring what Christmas means bring real joy, not artificial or temporary satisfaction. Children’s plays usually quote that the angels said “Fear not, for we bring tidings of great joy.”
What this season should bring is the realization that Immanuel, God with Us, is the BEST gift we can receive or share with others.
Regardless of what is happening in our lives we can take comfort knowing God has promised to always be with us. The angels sang “Glory to God in the Highest!” We should focus on that thought and not get distracted with other things. This will give us real joy!