Remember why we celebrate

It has arrived, the day for which we have been planning, shopping, cooking, decorating and generally bustling about for weeks. Christmas is upon us and many are ready to sit back and enjoy the fruits of the labor done to make this truly the most wonderful time of year.

As we do so, it is important to remember the Reason for this glorious day and season — and it has nothing to do with snow, cookies or the North Pole.

The gifts we give each other are nothing compared with the Gift that arrived and was laid in a manger that night so long ago, with an angel bringing “good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.”

Whether you are cozy in your own home enjoying a quiet holiday or traveling a great distance to join a house bursting with friends and family for a joyous celebration, Christmas remains a time for reflection on the spirit of love and giving that seems to come to the surface at this time of year, but we should keep always.

Remember, today is not about how far into debt you went to outdo the others in gift-giving, or how much time you spent baking unmatched Christmas cookies. Today is about celebrating a baby boy who grew up to teach us all that we are loved, and forgiven — especially important lessons to keep in mind, perhaps, when surrounded by all those folks we see once or twice a year.

Rejoice and be glad in it, then.

Merry Christmas, folks!