Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Spirit of Christmas

This is my absolute favorite Christmas decoration. When I was a little girl, the day after Christmas my Aunt Carol would take us to buy a Christmas decoration. I can't remember when I bought this, but I treasure it. Jesus truly is the reason for the season. While Christmas can become a materialistic frenzy, it's all about our frame of mind. Stores are filled with people searching for that perfect gift, selfishness is set aside and instead of thinking about what we can get, we do a little thinking about what we can give. The epitome of this is Santa Claus. I have always believed in Santa Claus, not in the figure that comes down the chimney and travels around the world in a single night, but in the spirit that motivates him to do so. If we were all like Santa Claus, who spends the entire year preparing for one single night, how different would the world be? He never expects anything in return and receives no pay for what he does. He gives selflessly of his time, talents, and resources. Why? I like to believe the reason is depicted in the image above. His generosity is the expression of his love for his Savior. Even Santa Claus needs a redeemer. How grateful I am for my Savior. How I wish I had the devotion of Santa Claus to serve selflessly year-round. Too often I am caught in the rush and hustle of life and I get caught up in all the commotion. Yet, there are seasons and holidays that inevitable turn my thoughts heavenward. I know my Redeemer lives.


The Muries said...

I love that ornament!!! That is awesome. I have been meaning to call you for days, I even dialed your numero tonight then my sister-in-law showed up so I had to hang up, since Dave was working I thought I would be polite. (Is that the longest run on or what?) Anyways I will call soon. I miss talking to you.

Nat said...

Thanks for the new perspective on Santa Claus, so insightful. You are amazing! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

House of Joy said...

Your words are as beautiful as your sweet spirit. Thank you for sharing your testimony. We read it to your siblings, I know it touched their hearts.

You are awesome.

Love you forever and ever