There are only a few days left before Christmas. Christmas is most of all a religious holiday, the celebration of the birthday of Jesus. In the midst of all of the frivolity, it is important to center ourselves and remember the true meaning of Christmas. May we celebrate the birth of the Christ child, and not let the real meaning of Christmas escape us. If there was ever a time that we need to do so, it is now. From new outbreaks of COVID to our increased political divide, we are more in need of the Savior than ever before.
Christmas has a secular meaning as well, from trees to presents, and all that goes with the season. May your holiday be merry and bright, as you (hopefully are able to) gather with loved ones and celebrate. As we open our gifts, let’s remember those who are less fortunate, and remember to be thankful for all of our blessings.
It is important for us to remember that this season is not a happy one for everyone. I just heard of the passing of a mother whose funeral is today. Christmas will forever have a new meaning for this family. There are also many in our midst who are dealing with a myriad of challenges and doing their best to enjoy the season for their loved ones.
Some of you will be missing family members who were present last year. My dear Uncle Barry will be sorely missed as our family gathers this year. As I look around our home, I am comforted by gifts from him in years past, including lighted penguins and snowflakes on the ceiling. While the physical presence of our departed loved ones is missing, our memories are with us forever.
May you and your loved ones have a peaceful and joyful holiday!