Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas! You can never count the number of times you’ve said, “Merry Christmas!” Nor can you count the number of times you’ve been told the same greeting. As an adult Merry Christmas is the polite and appropriate thing to say to fellow Christians and such, but then I thought to myself, I’m totally detached from what Merry Christmas means. It saddened me, yet it made me think.

My reflective thoughts sent me back to my childhood and a warm generous feeling of joy filled my heart. I smiled and stared out of my window wishing the day away. I can’t go back to my childhood, but thank the Lord for having a childhood and a good one. One of my favorite memories is Grandpa JC’s big brown paper bags filled with oranges, apples, pencils and candy. I enjoyed my parent’s gifts, but his gift was a sure surprise for years. I think my brothers and I were excited each Christmas we received them even though we knew what to expect. That excitement wasn’t only about the bag of treats, it was about routine, security and knowing unconditional love is always there for us.  That was a Merry Christmas!

As an adult Merry Christmas takes on a different, yet similar meaning to me. The comfort I loved and longed for from family and friends also comes from my understanding of having Jesus Christ in my life. Christmas is a great time to renew your relationship with God and his Son. His birth is an awesome gift. The faith of Joseph and Mary signifies trust. The story of the Nativity scene reminds me of God’s miracles. God is good!

What does saying Merry Christmas mean to you?


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A. Mack

I have always had a passion for writing. I enjoy people sharing their stories with me. I come from a family of storytellers. It is both an honor and a blessing to create and share with others.

3 thoughts on “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!”

  1. My daughter sent me your post of the eagle in the chicken yard and I continued to read all of your post. Thank you for your writings, it is a blessing and very inspiring. I look forward to reading more and once again, Thank you and many blessings!

  2. Happy Holidays and thanks for your post! A strong memory for me is the sound of paper rustling as I lay in bed trying hard to fall asleep on Christmas Eve. Totally grounded in reality as a kid and ambivalent about elves, the sleigh and a bearded guy, I knew that Mom and my older sisters were wapping gifts and getting Santa together in the next room. The only thing I ever really wanted was a doll that had hair I could comb…of course this was way before Barbie…and I was totally excited to get one. Now, for me, it’s all about the kids and seeing their excitement unwrapping their gifts. Given the huge overshadowing commercial emphasis, it’s essential to have perspective and not forget the real meaning of Christmas!

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