For children, Christmas is a fun time of the year, maybe even the best time of the year. There are lots of presents and parties, as well as holidays and trips to the local swimming pool or beach. For many families, Christmas signals the start of the annual summer vacation. Christmas for a child means joy and happiness.
One of my fondest memories of my childhood was having Christmas lunch at grandmas. All our uncles and aunties and cousins would be there. After the exchange of presents, we would all sit down to a feast of baked chickens, vegetables and salads, followed by Christmas pudding and custard. Usually this would lead to a game of cricket in the backyard where everyone would join in. When we were tired from the summer sun, we would all march back inside for a cold drink and a slice of homegrown watermelon from my uncle’s farm. Great memories! Christmas for a child is lots of fun.
For adults, Christmas is a little different. It is usually the busiest time of the year. For some of us, it involves rushing to get our work done before the end of the year. Most of us dread wading through the crowds at the shopping centres as we desperately search for that last present. Then there are the meals to prepare and the cleaning in preparation for guests. Christmas for adults can be very busy.
It perhaps then, is a good reminder for us as adults to remember the true meaning of Christmas – the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. So, on behalf of my family, I wish you and your loved ones a joyful and blessed Christmas. May your Christmas be filled with the joy and laughter that our children and grandchildren bring to us. But importantly, in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, may you be reminded of the peace and eternal life that came to us through the birth of God’s Son.