Reflections of Christmas Past and Present

christmas-cookies.jpgI never left milk and cookies out for Santa Claus… I never stayed up late to hear Rudolph on the roof… and I never begged my parents to put out the fire so Santa wouldn’t burn his buns when he came down my chimney… LOL! But it wasn’t that I didn’t believe in him, because I did (at least for the first five years of my life). Thinking back though, I don’t remember my parents teaching me about Santa Claus. I guess I believed in him because of all the songs I sang in preschool like “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” and all the cartoons I watched during the Christmas season. I was only 4 or 5 when my older friends and cousins told me he wasn’t real.

Between the ages of 6 and 10, I adopted the commercial meaning of Christmas. I honestly didn’t know what the meaning of Christmas was. I thought it was a time when children would get presents. I can still remember the feeling I used to get when I would see a box wrapped in shiny paper with a bow in the center. Sometimes, my parents would have to keep me from opening other people’s presents.

As I have gotten older, I have come a long way in my thoughts about Christmas. It is still my favorite holiday, and I still get that warm and fuzzy feeling when I see a present with my name on it, but I know now that Christmas is about the birth of Jesus.

Recently, there have been times when I have questioned some of the things I have learned. One time, about a year ago, after watching a program on the History Channel, I got a little confused. I started to question if it really possible for a virgin to become pregnant. Was Jesus really God in the flesh? I asked my parents and pastor about these things and they encouraged me to keep my faith. Since then, I have come to understand that I will always have questions, but for now, I have decided to go with what my faith has taught me–all things are possible with God! And though I may not understand His thoughts or His ways, I will not lean to my own understanding; I will trust Him in all that I do.

I hope the Christmas season brings you as much joy as it brings me. And always remember: Jesus is the reason for the season!

  1. Man Dyamond you snapped see I wasn’t raise in a christian home as a child so I believed in Santa n used to bring my prayer petitions to him until I learned about christ. You snapped bro seriously

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  3. Santa clause is the man who stayed up in the wee hour christmas morning putting doll houses, bikes, toy kitchens and etc together. But JESUS is the reason for the season.
    Love U and I’m proud of U.

  4. Baby girl, you r awesome!! ur article is on point, it’s all about Jesus Christ the best present ever given!!