Saturday, December 25, 2010

Away in a manger

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:
and the government shall be upon his shoulder:
and his name shall be called
Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God,
The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

To many, Christmas is celebrated even by those who aren't Christians. To some, it's about Christmas turkey, party with friends, giving and receiving gifts. If not, to the little ones, it's all about Santa and the reindeer and what they're going to get this Christmas.

From young, I knew that there weren't any Santas. Heck, I get the heebeegeebees seeing them in the malls with kids on their laps eagerly awaiting their pictures to be taken. Mr. C gets a kick of dragging me towards the mall Santas. I knew Rudolf was just make believe. I never get to pick my gifts every year 'cos I never received any (not that I can recall).

I was brought up knowing that Christmas was all about the birth of Jesus. Some of you may ask who is He? Who is this little babe that caused such a season to come about. If you don't believe in Jesus, you probably know Him through the swearing you hear in Hollywood movies and maybe, that's all you know about.

But Jesus is real to many. He has healed many, physically and mentally. But in these past years, with Christmas getting commercialised, many start to forget the meaning of Christmas. We get so caught up in the 'Christmas mood' that we forget why it's celebrated in the first place.

Well, it's not about Santa, his little helpers of reindeers. It's not about turkey and parties. It's not just about gifts.

It's about a precious gift from God- a little baby boy, His only son, borne into the world, for us.

So, Feliz Navidad and may God's blessings be upon you and your families this special season and as we usher in the new year. May 2011 be a better year for all of you! Well, here's hoping it'll be so for me. =)

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