Growing up Christmas was and is my favorite time of the year. And yes a huge part of that was because of the gifts. Not gonna lie...but then who doesn't love to get gifts? I am still one of those people that on Christmas Eve you are up ALL night just waiting until morning, thinking the big day would NEVER get here. And of course it did, and we all got up very early in the morning (the only day out of the year mind you that i will get up because I want to). We would all sit in the living room waiting for mom and dad to finish doing whatever it is that they were doing to come out and let us open up the gifts. Before we were even allowed to do that, dad would make us sit while he read the Christmas story out of the book of Luke. Then when he was done, he would tease us kids saying, "We are going to go eat breakfast before we open them up." Which of course there was then a chours of "NO!!!!!"
As we got older, most of by brothers liked to sleep in a little bit more on Christmas, but I always had my little sisters to help me wake everyone up. Now I look forward to Dad reading the Christmas story, but still wont wait till after breakfast to open the gifts.
But now being an adult, and a parent, Christmas has a whole new meaning. We do not have a ton of money so we do not do a whole lot of gifts, which to my shocker has been actually more meaningful. When I think of what Joseph and Mary had to go through, I am pretty sure that I would not be able to do it. Have a child knowing that He would suffer and save the world. No offense to the world, but I adore my little daughter, and sorry about you, I would not be able to handle that. There is a song by Mercy Me, about what Joseph must have been thinking. Being a parent, really opened my eyes to a lot of things, and what the true meaning of Christmas really is. Christmas is still my all time favorite part of the year, but now for a whole different reason. And it is fun to share it now with my child and wife, along with parents and siblings. Amazing how your eyes get opened when you become a parent.
~Learning As I Go~