It’s not often that I personally write about Christmas or Jesus Christ for that matter. I think for the most part I hesitate to personally comment because I am so flawed in carrying out good works and living out a life with the underlying spirit of love and patience. I would hate to have people use me and my life as some sort of paragon of Christian life. I joke way too much and at times inappropriately, and then when somber and serious I sometimes lack patience and understanding. There are many other sins I harbor, like not separating out my laundry, but I don’t want to use this forum for a confession. Despite my failings, I could not and cannot shake the teachings of a faithful Mother and Father and the shining examples of siblings, and I cannot say there is no Christ without asserting something contrary to what is deeply embedded in my heart even if it is inconvenient at times. So, as we embark on the Christmas season and we are inundated with the commercialization of the season, I wanted to take time to make sure I consciously take time to make Christ the center of my Christmas experience this year.
For me, Christmas is a special season and there is a special spirit that attends the Christmas season. I think for the most part it is because I spend less time thinking about me and more time thinking about others and I think about the poor and those who go without. My life, far from that of a saint, becomes more meaningful as I get a glimpse into how Christ views others and how He’d prefer I would mercifully look at others for the rest of the year.
While historically, December is not the correct date of His birth, I still partake willingly and happily in all the traditions and I do believe something wonderful happened to the world when He was born and the spirit that attended his birth is that same spirit that quietly pervades the Christmas season and persists even in the face of the loud, competitive shouts of advertisers. And despite, all the assaults on his message from those who have believed (like me) and from those who haven’t believed in His message, one day we will get the message correct. However, Christmas is a sneak peek at what the world would be like if we gave his message even a passing effort or a smidgen of faith. I hope that everyone experiences a wonderful Christmas season, no matter your belief or un-belief is, and capture the spirit of Christmas.
“If we look for what is wrong with the Christmas season, we can surely find it. Like the Grinch, we can grumble and complain, becoming cold and cynical about what we see around us. Nevertheless, if we look for the good, we can see this time of year with new eyes—perhaps even with the eyes of a child.
The Grinch saw the good in Christmas when he learned to look past its worldly trappings. If we do the same, we can, with the Grinch, proclaim: “Maybe Christmas . . . doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas . . . perhaps . . . means a little bit more!”
Our heart may not grow three sizes as the Grinch’s did, but our heart will change. Our eyes will open to the miracles all around us—at Christmastime and throughout the year.”–Dieter F. Uchtdorf