the essence of christmas.

the essence of christmas

The streets are filled with Christmas ornaments. Starbucks coffee cups proudly show their bright red colors. Groups of friends go out for a meal dressed in red or green while putting their santa hats on. Laughter heard from across the room as people guess who their secret santa is. Electricity bill spikes up as homes are decorated with Christmas lights that are left on all night long. Families gather together to share joy and love together. Church doors are opened wide as people rushed in to get a seat in the yearly Christmas celebration. And so on, and so on.

I guess those are the things that we can directly correlate with Christmas. It’s the season of giving (and also receiving hehe), and it’s the season to connect again with people we love or even those we don’t see often. I have always loved Christmas as the Subiantos would gather together and have a big feast of all the food I love (noms noms noms). Growing up, I celebrated Christmas without knowing what it is all about. It’s a fun occasion to celebrate, it truly is. But is that it? Allow me to address a question for you all today: what is Christmas, really?

Christmas, as defined by dictionary.com, is the annual festival of the Christian church commemorating the birth of Jesus: celebrated on December 25 and now generally observed as a legal holiday and an occasion for exchanging gifts. Christmas is the birthday of Jesus. The birth of Jesus signifies God’s love for the world. It signifies the fact that He remembered us all, He remembered that we are all in need of salvation and that salvation can only come from Him alone. He was God , and yet He left everything behind to be born and live like man. And as cliché as this verse may be to your ear, but, for God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). Love is the reason Christmas happens. Love is the reason He gave. Love is the reason we are still standing right where we are right now. The story of Christmas is the story of love.

In today’s world, it is so easy for us to forget about the essence of Christmas. This Christmas, may we remember also the true meaning of the celebration we are celebrating. Not just by the traditions we go through every year, not just by the presents we receive from our friends and family. But by the most selfless gift give on that day over two thousand years ago, and that is the ultimate Gift given by our Father that we can never ever match. May we not forget the presence of God in the midst of all the presents. May we not forget the true Light in the midst of the twinkling lights. May we not forget the Christ this Christmas. May we celebrate this Christmas in all gladness and thankfulness, in all joy and all love, that to us a child is born.

Merry Christmas from me and my family to you and yours! I pray that this Christmas, you may feel the abundance of God’s grace, love and joy in your life. And may you look back and acknowledge His faithfulness in your accomplishments and also your failures. May you reflect and be amazed by how you can find His fingerprints in all that you’ve encountered and will encounter, as well as how He has orchestrated your journey. May you be at peace knowing that He is in full control, and that we will only need to be still. Once again, merry Christmas!

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah 9:6

In His love,
Kimberly Subianto

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