Christmas is one of my favorite holidays. From its religious significance to the times shared as family, it kindles within me memories of many great Christmases past.
Apparently I'm not alone. Nine in ten Americans will put up Christmas trees, exchange gifts, and celebrate with family and friends.
What do we most look forward to about Christmas? According to a Pew survey, here are the top four. At number four is the Christmas spirit of joy, peace, and love. At number three is the joy and happiness people show during the season. At number two is the time it provides for religious reflection and attending church. And at number one (by far!) is that we are able to spend time with family and friends.
I'm heartened by the reasons that people love Christmas. If we think about it, we realize that they are all a matter of choice and what we choose to focus on, which need not be confined to one month a year!
As we move into the final rush of the Christmas season, with last minute gifts to buy and packing to do, remember this: keep calm and love Christmas! In doing so we don’t allow the tasks of Christmas to eclipse the spirit of Christmas. May the peace and joy that radiate from the celebration of the birth of Jesus be yours this Christmas!