Sunday, December 26, 2010

I See... The Year Christmas Didn't Come From a Store

Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store.
"Maybe Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!"

The Grinch, in the Grinch that Stole Christmas, 1966

Many Christmas traditions are enduring and meaningful; others are superficial and unxplained. I know one family that shaves their cat every Christmas; another family holds a Charlie Brown Christmas dance concert.. For many families, Christmas traditions involve an assault on the mall and countless hours making cookies and addressing mountains of Christmas cards. For these families, trying to cram too much tradition into too little time makes Christmas a blur of doing anything except pondering productively about the Savior's birth and what it should mean to us.

I know one family that decided together that for them, Christmas this year would not come from a store. There were no presents underneath the tree, no cards sent out, and no choreographed Christmas parties. Except for a few small trinkets that fit into Christmas stockings, the only gifts they gave to each other was time; time spent together bonding in Orlando's theme parks. For them, Christmas means a little bit more.

On Christmas Eve they gathered around the rented condo coffee table and read the story of the Savior's birth from the second chapter of Luke. There is nothing more powerful and inspiring than the gift of family. Heavenly Father's gift to the human family, his Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, was the greatest of them all.

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