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What is it I Love Most About Christmas

What is it I Love Most About Christmas

Sydney Paige McCutcheon

Sydney Paige McCutcheon

What is it that I love most about Christmas? Well, of course the only reason we have Christmas is because of Jesus Christ’s birth, and I am thankful for that. I also love the giving of presents and all that comes with it. I usually make a list of the different things I want to get for certain people (and I usually wait till a week or so before buy it); I go over it a couple times, seeing if any additions are needed. Then I go shopping.

I think shopping is more fun when I’m shopping for someone else. Yes, I like it too when I buy something I want, but then I have it. When shopping for someone else you have to hide it in your car, sneak it into the house, wrap it when everyone else is asleep – and you still carry the anticipation of their reaction! It’s very exciting!

Placing presents under the tree is fun too, because I try to hide the best gifts in the back. I don’t really ever decorate the tree, I leave that to my mom. Now, when I have a house of my own one day with a family, then sure, I’ll decorate – but I’ll probably still have mom come over for advice, haha.

My dad always cooks for holidays and Christmas is no different. This is the only time of year that I actually like ham; I can go every Christmas with a plate of ham, crescent roles, pie and I’m good haha. We always get too many pies and it’s great, I get a slice of everyone that doesn’t contain hot fruit.

At my house, we open presents first and afterward while my dad cooks, my sister, mom and I see a movie. When we get back it’s time to eat and then at night we spend time together watching Christmas movies, sometimes my sister and I will watch a movie we got as a Christmas gift – our favorite thing! When we were kids on Christmas Eve we got to open one gift and we would always feel the presents for a VHS haha. (Some things don’t change J)

Christmas is great – the atmosphere always has an extra oomph to it. I love Christmas because it’s a time you can just sit back and enjoy, reflect, give and receive. There are people in the world who get very sad on Christmas and have no joy; those are people I wish I could give a gift to, even just to lift their spirits a little. Sometimes that’s all it takes. But for those people out there, sad, grieved, and even those who aren’t, I want to say that God has already given us a gift – the greatest Gift of all – His Son, and Christmas should be a good reminder. So don’t get down, go out on your porch and look up at the stars – that’s how the wise men found what they were looking for: Jesus.

This Christmas make a point to buy people gifts, people at work or people you know some other way. It’s a sign that you care, that you notice them in this big world; that they matter. You don’t even have to buy them anything actually, but could instead bake them some cookies, or a pie – that works great too. I personally love baked goods J, especially cookies and brownies –what else goes great with milk?

Anyhow, it is the thought that counts. Gifts don’t have to be great to make great impacts, they don’t have to be lavish to make someone feel lavished; they just need to come from the heart. Lastly, let yourself enjoy Christmas – don’t let it pass you by in the hustle and bustle of it all. Spend it with those you love, or doing something you love. Enjoy Christmas.

 

“Whatever else be lost among the years,

Let us keep Christmas still a shining thing;

Whatever doubts assail us, or what fears,

Let us hold close one day, remembering

It’s poignant meaning for the hearts of men.

Let us get back our childlike faith again.”

– Grace Noll Crowell

 

Have a Merry Christmas, know that God does love you, and Happy New Year.

 

Sydney Paige McCutcheon