Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Just another girl wishin Jesus a happy birthday

Around this time of the year there are so many articles and blog posts and Facebook statuses and Tweets and whatnot about this so-called 'Christmas controversy' and people arguing back and forth over the true meaning of Christmas and debating over whether or not it's all about consumerism and how to put Christ back in Christmas. 

I've had enough of it.

Why can't we just enjoy the holiday, whichever way we choose to?

Because when I think about Christmas, I think about it the way I want to and the way I worship our Lord.

I think about

Christmas shopping to find my family the perfect gift because it makes me happy to see them so happy

the progressive dinner my youth group has

the Advent wreath and the multi-colored candles

funny Christmas sweaters, only "tacky" if they're on people less than 40, and adorable if you're 40+

Christmas music that gives me chills because of its memories

decorating the tree 

plotting with my siblings what time we're going to wake up my parents on Christmas day

some of the most sacred verses in the Bible

the candlelight service on Christmas Eve that I hold dear to my heart

eating lots of food prepared by my amazing family

making Christmas cookies with my family (vlog)

tracking Santa with my little brother (who still believes)

I like them because they're all the reason for the season-- spending time with loved ones to celebrate the birth of the one who gave it all. The one who by living as man saved each and every one of us (what amazing grace, huh?).

I get chills thinking about the best gift I was ever given. So what if Jesus wasn't actually born on Christmas day? So what if we give and receive gifts? If you're holding the holiday dear to your heart, however you choose to celebrate it, I wish you a merry Christmas. 

Isaiah 9:6 - "For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."

Luke 2:13, 14 - "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, goodwill toward men!""

Luke 1:14 - "And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at His birth."

I am so rejoicing right now and forever. We are so loved.


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