Why is the occasion that is meant to celebrate God's love in sending Jesus to brighten our lives and lighten our loads one of the most stressful and taxing times of the year for so many? Is it because we forget the true meaning of Christmas? Sometimes we lose it in the baubles and lights, the presents and the parties. When we forget the purpose of Christmas, we lose the happiness that comes with it. Preparations crowd out the reason for it all—showing thankfulness and appreciation for what God gave mankind on this night.
The best way we can celebrate Christmas is by giving gifts to Jesus—gifts of love and thankfulness. It is a time when we can stop and remember those who are often forgotten. We can reach out to help those in need.
These are the things that not only make God happy, but also help us find deep satisfaction.—Alex Peterson