Friday, 1 December 2017

Blogmas 2017 - Day 1 - The True Meaning of Christmas

The first of December. It's one of the days I look forward too most in the year. It's the first day we can all say "Christmas is this month". It's the day we all excitedly pop open those surprisingly difficult-to-open cardboard windows for a tiny moreish reward. It's also the first day of Blogmas and I wanted my first post of the festive season to be about the true meaning of Christmas.

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

I think everyone has a favourite time of year, don't they? There's just some months or seasons that you prefer to others. Mine is September through til December. Autumn and Christmas. I'm in my element. 

For me, there's just a magic to Christmas, I genuinely have that excitement I had when I was a kid, it's never left me. I love seeing the shops gradually become a hive of twinkling lights and tinned chocolates. I feel like I plan for it all year. I'll see something in April and think - "I could use that for Christmas!".

It's easy to get caught up in the monetary value of Christmas, I've been caught out with it myself many times. The worry of whether you have enough gifts, the panic purchases on Christmas Eve; I've even ended up buying things I don't really like, just so that relatives have 'enough gifts'.

But Christmas isn't about the over buying, or the bigger and better gifts. It's about the gifts of family and love. The true meaning of Christmas is God sacrificing His only son, for the forgiveness of our sins. The ultimate gift of love.

So this Christmas, instead of buying another gift that will go unused, or splurging out of fear of what you have not being enough, spend a few hours with family, cherish the time you have with them and the many, many blessings you have been given. Visit with an elderly, lonely neighbour - make them a cuppa and ask about their Christmas as a kid and watch their eyes light up with happiness, memories and love.

I hope you all have a wonderful December and a Merry Christmas!

'For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, for the forgiveness of our sins'.

Love and hugs,

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