What does Christmas mean to you? This is a pet question Christians want to ask during Christmas. It is a way of trying to separate and appreciate the true meaning of Christmas from the commercialised festivity which is associated with the season. And it is a very important question no doubt.
We all have our own responses to the question. But let me give you an honest reply. I have not dwelt sufficiently on the response to that question. Why because I am not in the frame of mind. It is a very busy time of the year. Why am I busy? I am busy because of Christmas. So, although I am busy for Christmas, I don’t have the time or the state of mind to think about the meaning of it. But if I talk of being busy, I am away from work. I have stopped working. Why because it is Christmas holidays. So, I am not working because of Christmas, yet I am busy because of Christmas, and yet I don’t have the time to think about Christmas. Among the events in Christian faith, no other day is given importance as Christmas. There is a build-up from late October. Hours from now, Christmas will be over. But what is given so much importance, I don’t have time to dwell on its meaning.
I have experienced that although I want it to be a deeply spiritual experience, the substance does not meet the hype built around Christmas. After the morning service and the Christmas feast, Christmas is over and it will leave many who had higher expectations feeling dry.
While ‘what does Christmas mean to you’ is important to answer, because Christmas has so many attachments to the word and the season, I am asking myself and also asking you a more important question, ‘Are you living the way God wants you to live on a daily basis?’ ‘On a daily basis’ because there is no seasonality to a Christian life, like a festivity mood or feeling. Are your thoughts and actions in order? Are your wilful decisions and subconscious reactions in tune? Are you making progress in your walk of faith?
The call to the Christian faith is a walk. If likened to a race, it is a marathon, not a 100 metres sprint. It is not a one-off event or a season. It is a walk of life.
Air builds up inside a balloon as it is inflated. It is beautiful while it lasts. But it eventually bursts. Is that the feeling you get from Christmas? Christmas is about Christ being born in us. But it doesn’t end there. It is about letting him grow steadily in us, letting him have our hearts so that we learn to feel like him, letting him have our minds so that we think like him, letting him have our hands and feet so that we obey his bidding.
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