Day 11- What's Christmas Really About?

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, eleven pipers piping, ten lords-a-leaping, nine ladies dancing, eight maids-a-milking, seven swans-a-swimming, six geese-a-laying, five golden rings, four mocking bids, three french hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.

Tis the season, for candy canes and colored lights. We've done ten days of Christmasy blog posts here on Day-Dreamer, Night-Thinker, and I think it's important for me to highlight the best aspect of Christmas. I find it amazing that the world gathers together to celebrate this holiday, wether they understand its reason or not. It's awesome, that we can all be together and love each other, just as Jesus loved us.

Guys, my heart swells up when I talk about this love, it's AMAZING. I mean, God loves us pathetic looser sinners enough to send himself as a tiny, helpless, vulnerable baby, and then go through Hell for us on the cross, just so we never have to. That is awesome, and there is no amount of thank yous or good deeds that could repay God or thank Him for what he did, we can't earn His love, he gave it to us freely because He loves us that much. And, on Christmas, we celebrate that action. God became a baby. Just think about that for a moment. This is the same God who created galaxies, created time, and created every tiny quirk about you, every detail, who knows the amount of hairs on your head and the name of each star in the sky, he humbled himself to become a baby, a tiny infant, born not even in a house, but in a barn, in what is essentially a dinner plate for donkeys, because He loves us that much. That's a big reminder to me that there's nothing we can do to repay God, we can't earn His love, because He already gave it. On that night, a whole list of things that were foretold in the Old Testament came, and began to come, true. That's so neat. And then a star, a brilliant star, lit up the night over where the baby was born. Think how amazing that must've been, an entire, bright star just for a tiny new baby boy. And He was a king. And who did God first tell about this king that had been born? Not rich people, not royalty, he told the shepherds, the shepherds, who were rough people, making a meager living on herding sheep. The lowest of the low. That's who he told. That's amazing. And then wise men came and gave the baby Frankincense, myrrh, and gold. Gold as a symbol of kingship, frankincense as the symbol of god-hood, and myrrh as a symbol of mortality (death, as they would later find out, on a cross). Think how amazing, how astounding, it was when Jesus was born. And we still celebrate that event today.

So when we gather with our family for Christmas, when we exchange gifts and tear off colored paper and drink cocoa, let's remember what we're representing. When we give a gift, we are representing Jesus, the best gift ever given. It is so special that we get to have such a wonderful tradition and holiday to celebrate.

Merry Christmas everyone, I love you all. And I hope this Christmas you remember who loves you the most- wether you love Him or not, it doesn't matter, because He loves you more than anyone ever could. <3


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  1. This was amazing Vivian, and so full of truth. I hope you have a Merry Christmas!!

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  2. You write with such beauty and conviction! I'm not Christian but I do celebrate Christmas to gather together as family and friends in honor of light, love, health and happiness, to come together and reconnect.
    I found this article that talks about another connection with the manger here: http://www.faithstreet.com/onfaith/2015/12/07/the-mystery-of-the-manger/38146 . I certainly found it very interesting.

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    1. Wow- that is a really neat article- I love how it points out that God's love is for everybody. It's great that your family can gather together to celebrate Christmas- it's such a special tradition. Keep reading wonderful things like this. And a note on the whole being a Christian/not being a Christian thing- God never wanted us to be in a religion, with rituals and a fancy title, He wanted us to be in a relationship. It's not a religion, it's a relationship. That's such a powerful point to me, that the title doesn't give you access to heaven, the real question is, do you love Jesus with all your heart, and want to follow Him? If the answer is yes, then heaven is yours! I am glad this little tidbit on my blog brought light- keep reading, and I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family!!
      -Vivian

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  3. Wonderfully written, Vivian! Merry Christmas!
    ~Anna
    the3musketeerssite.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks Anna! Merry Christmas to you too <3
      -Vivian

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