The Christmas craze has begun. People are descending on stores in search of that “perfect gift” for friends and family. The tinny sound of Christmas carols and Christmas pop songs are ignored as shoppers mill in the malls. Advertisements proclaim that a visit to a particular store will be the last stop as all holiday needs will be met!
I try to avoid the crowds of Christmas shoppers as I flit in and out of stores late in November to purchase a small gift at one store, or a tin of biscuits at another. I know I cannot avoid the supermarket the few days before Christmas day to buy the makings of our Christmas meal; but I know I can avoid the incessant noise, the crying toddlers, the irate shoppers, and the repetitive music list continuously playing in the background.
Yes, Christmas is coming as we begin to wear our hats, scarves and boots. We wrap our scarves around our necks and my girls say to me, “Mommy, I wish we could have a white Christmas this year. It would be so awesome!” They think of the fun they could have: making snowmen, throwing snowballs, and creating snow angels. They think not only of the fun, but also of the time they could spend together with their family: laughing with their parents, and having fun with their brother.
To me, Christmas is a holiday that is spent with family. Living far from parents and siblings, my husband and I have come to treasure even more the time we spend during this period with our children. We eat together, laugh together, watch movies together, and talk together. A cushion of love is created as we spend precious time with one another from December 24th to the 28th.
But Christmas is more than just shopping for gifts, eating, and spending time with one’s family. It is a time of remembrance: it is a time during which people remember the birth of Jesus Christ – a man whose beliefs became the catalyst for change in a religion. On Christmas day, we not only think of Santa Claus who comes during the night with arms filled with gifts; but we also think of the man who is pivotal in a Christian’s belief. We think of his birth and what it means to believe he was born to help us be closer to God.
It is my wish for Christmas that these holidays people think of more than just gifts and buying the material items that are on their wish list. As they sip their peppermint-flavoured coffees, I wish that they would remember why we celebrate Christmas at all.
What are your preparations for the coming holidays?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012
(Join Kellie Elmore every Friday to free write a response to a quote, poem, image or thought that she has posted. Free write means you pay no attention to editing, your imagination runs free, and you stop only when you are trying too hard to complete a thought.This week the prompt is a word bank.)