I am glad to invite my friend Porsha Robertson to my Blog today. Porsha is sharing a beautiful message on Christmas as a part of ” Christmas special message series”. I hope her message inspires you to know a true joy of Christmas in your life.
As far as I can remember, Christmas has always been great to me. I am the first grandchild on both of my parent’s side of the family, so I received a showering of overabundance gifts for Christmas. My dad has always had a great paying job, so it showed when it was time for gift-giving. I remember waking up to 90% of the gifts under the tree being for me. Going to my grandparent’s house, my grandmother would have a huge stocking filled with all kinds of gifts which could have been a Christmas gift all in itself, but they also had a multitude of gifts under their tree with my name on it. Santa, Rudolph, Frosty the Snowman, cookies and milk left overnight for Santa was all around me. My grandmother had even told me that if I did not go to sleep at night, that Santa would sprinkle some dust in my eyes….yes, I was told that as a child and I was SO SCARED until my mom told me otherwise.
My brother was born when I was 12 years old. You would think my gifts would have lessened once my brother came, but it did not…, BUT, in MY mind it did. This is when I realized how selfish I was. I would get SO UPSET when my brother seemed to have more gifts than me (which was not the case). I remember getting so upset that I cried. My mom and dad took video of us opening our gifts and captured my selfishness on camera.
Now, as a very grateful and appreciative adult, I cannot believe I acted in such a manor. But, I was spoiled. I was so blessed, but did not even realize it. Now as an adult, I realize the true meaning of Christmas. It is truly about love. Christ’s love for us. My husband and I have no children to buy gifts to, but we give to our family. Christmas to me means spending time with your loved ones and giving because God first gave.
John 3:16 states that “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
I believe this is where the gift giving came from for Christmas. But nowadays it has gotten so commercialized. We cannot forget the true reason for the season. I love the Christmas scents of pine, apple cinnamon and vanilla candles. I love seeing the beautiful lights lit up around the shopping centers and malls. I love listening to Christian and Gospel Christmas music. I love watching the holiday movies. Christmas is in my heart. This is what Christmas means to me.
Merry Christmas to you!