I have always loved this time of year. From the holiday parties to the presents to the delicious food to the traditions, like the Christmas Eve service...It is such a wonderful time. Lots of love and laughter to go around for all, yet this year it has been different for me. I have still loved all the excitement and celebrations, but for me, this year, Christmas has been different.
Just when I thought I understood the depths of gratitude, 2017 came along and showed me up. In the coming week, I intend to recap the year, but I didn't realize how grateful this year has made me until the holiday season came around. When my Mom was begging me for a Christmas list I honestly had such a hard time coming up with much. I am not just saying that to sound humble, promise. I truly know that I have everything I could ever want in life. There is very little, if any at all, that I need. I did came up with a list of wants and popular items that are probably on everyone's list but in all honesty... I could go this whole Christmas without opening one gift. Not only do I have everything I need, but this year has shown me that some of the biggest blessings are not material possessions. I will be opening gifts, I am sure, but the point is I came to this realization that Christmas is so much more than the fun parties, the extravagant gifts, and the delicious food... Christmas is something more.
All the decorations, the mistletoe, the snow, the carols- if none of that was here, would you still celebrate Christmas... you know, for its true meaning? This is something I have asked myself over and over again. It's a hard question really, but I have decided that I definitely WOULD celebrate Christmas without all of these things. For the first time I not only understand how truly special and holy the birth of Jesus is, but I also understand how truly special the people and things already in my life are. I think understanding the importance of Jesus' birth and knowing how blessed I am has given me the best outlook I have ever had. For me, this Christmas will be one unlike any other.
Happiness does not come in a cardboard box. It is wonderful and beautiful to sit by your fire and gaze at all the Christmas decorations, as I am doing now, but if all of it went away, would you still celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ? Ask yourself that this year! Spend time with your loved ones, and if you can't be with friends or family, text or call them and show them love. We should do that every day, but especially on a day like Christmas. I know my friends and family mean more to me than they ever have in the past. We get so caught up in all of it that we often forget the reason for the season. We forget that on this day many years ago, in the stable where Mary gave birth to Jesus, that they had none of this. Be grateful for everything and everyone that makes this season bright, but don't forget to be thankful for the brightest of them all. You know, the birthday boy who saved our lives. I, this Christmas more than ever, know without a doubt that he saved my life. That is something I will celebrate and consider my BEST gift this Christmas.
Lots of love to you and yours. Christmas is something more...that is what I am thankful for.
May your day be joyful and bright... Merry Christmas to all!
Southern and Thankful
Blessed is an understatement when it comes to my life. Each and every day I am amazed by God's steadfast love. In return, I have claimed this space to show my thanks and whatever else comes along the way. A student at Texas Christian University who loves any creative insta post, all donuts, and dress pants that make you do a double take. I pray God has a grand purpose for me and I plan to get there with a little Southern and a lot of Thanks! Join me!