As my family well knows, I am a lover of Christmas. When I was younger, I used to drive my siblings crazy by playing Christmas music in September. As an adult, I still do this at times. By the time Halloween is over, Christmas is in full force in my house. The twinkling lights are up, the soft, sweet music is playing, the warm glow of candles are flickering, the cinnamon cookies are baking and I am planning out the Christmas presents to buy. I do not ignore Thanksgiving, for if you look, you will see my Thanksgiving decorations mingled with my Christmas, because I’m a firm believe that gratitude is in every way a part of this beautiful season.
But why do I do this? Why do many people do this? Others might have different reasons, but this is mine: because it is the season of light, of giving, of sharing, of kindness and love.
When the daily news is filled with the most evil and depressing of acts (like the shooting last night in California), I want to counteract that with everything I have in me. I want to spread more kindness, more love to strangers, more love to my family and friends…more light. I want everyone to know they are loved. I want to hold a friend or family member or even a stranger until their tears are washed away.
I wish I could do this…I wish I could somehow get this message out to every person…You Are LOVED! How different it would be if all people understood this one thought: you are loved by the most perfect person who ever walked this earth. If you are worthy of that kind of love, then wouldn’t that change your perspective about your life, your purpose and your actions?
It is the season to celebrate the Savior, the Son of God, and to remember not only His birth, but His life and who He died for. I celebrate Him and his perfect life all year, but everything about Christmas from the lights, to some of the beautiful music, to the Star and the small manger scene under my tree…everything reminds me of His perfect love.
Love…to me that’s something worth celebrating all year long.
(My Christmas playlist for this year…sending you all long hugs and so much love!)