I have already stated how much I love Christmas. The smells, traditions, fellowship, etc. And all of those are definitely part of this time of year. But they are not what it is about. It is just like everything else in life - it is about God.
As a child, especially in our culture that teaches "it's all about me," it is so very easy to miss the real meaning of Christmas. There are even people who miss it when they try to move the focus from getting gifts to spending time with family, or thinking of others. While those aren't bad things, it still isn't quite right.
The Bible tells us that our whole life - what we do, say, think, etc. - is to be unto Christ. That doesn't mean we can't do "good" things, like spend time with family, decorate for Christmas, give gifts to each other, etc.. It just means that our goal in doing those things has to rotate back to honoring Him.
Of course it is easy to get wrapped up in all of the many wonderful things that happen during December - in today's world, it is some of the few opportunities for "good, clean fun!" People seem to be nicer in general, thinking of others more than themselves. But why?
I can only speak for myself, but the reason I make an effort to be loving to others is because that is how I can be a testimony of God's love to me. And this shouldn't be just at Christmas - it should be a daily commitment.
My prayer at Christmas and throughout the year is this: Lord, please let me be a light for others to see You. Help me to show Your love in everything I do - making my home an inviting place, giving freely to others, breaking bread with fellow believers - EVERYthing. May every action I do and every word I say be honoring to You and bring You glory, and help me not get wrapped up in anything but You.
Christmas is when we celebrate the coming of Christ as a baby. It is the pivotal point in history when everything changed and we had a Savior. Our sins would be forgiven and He would bridge the gap between ourselves and God. May we focus and celebrate this every day, but most especially on Christmas.
Wishing you and all of your loved ones a Merry Christmas, reflecting on the One who came to save us.