Childhood memories of Christmas for most is about the wonder and the enchantment, along with stories of Santa Claus and his reindeer. It also includes the memory of family members who were there at that time, and as the years go by and we get older, many of those beloved family members have since passed away. Each new Christmas also welcomes the promise of new family members who stare in wonder of Christmas for the first time and in short order, learn how to demolish the fancy wrapping on their presents.
While we cherish old memories and make new ones, remember to celebrate the “Christ” in Christmas, which is the real reason why we celebrate Christmas. 2,000 years ago, a miracle was visited on this earth, a child, the Son of God, was born into this world. His name is Jesus of Nazareth and during his short time on earth proclaimed the greatness of the Glory of God, here he did suffer for us and was crucified for our sins. His message and teaching have been spread all over the world as the Christian Faith. It was from these Judo-Christian principles that a foundation was created, which resulted in the founding of the United States of America, another miracle given to the world.
For those who do not recognize Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah, yet still recognize him as a prophet and a teacher, we can enjoy the season and celebrate the life of Jesus for being a very special person whose teachings have affected the lives of millions. Those who do not believe in God can embrace the wonder of the season, to feel the peace and warmth toward our fellow man. If for no other reason, celebrate the season for the children to enjoy. Childhood is very short, let the children be children. Let them try to stay awake, listening for Santa Claus to land on the roof and for the pawing of reindeer hooves - the memories will last forever.