Friday, November 25, 2011

Why I Hate Christmas

I hate Christmas. Well, that’s not entirely true. I hate what Christmas has become. I hate that it’s become more about getting 50% off a new sweater for dad than being thankful that you even have a dad. I hate that it causes stress in an already stressful world. I hate that there are people out there hurting because their family has abandoned them, and I hate that someone can’t be with their family because they can’t afford airfare to see them, or worse yet, because they don’t have any more family left.

Today, people woke up early to go spend hundreds of dollars on their loved ones. Why? Because the more money you spend, the more you love someone? Trust me, I’d love to wake up on Christmas morning and unwrap a new iPad 8 (or whatever number they’re up to now). But, I’d much rather wake up and see my beautiful wife lying next to me. I’d rather go lift my daughter out of her crib and start creating new Christmas traditions. I’d rather spend an afternoon with my parents, thankful that I still have parents to spend an afternoon with.

Don’t get me wrong, I love to give gifts. The Three Wise Men brought gifts for Jesus when he was born, and I have every intention of spoiling my little daughter with toys and games throughout the years. But sometimes I think we get so wrapped up in gift giving, that we loose sight of what’s really important. Some of my best memories of Christmas aren’t what gifts were opened, but memories of Christmas eve dinner, or memories of mom warming up the coffee cake to fuel us for a day of tobogganing down the hill with my dad and brothers. I guess what I’ve learned, is that the greatest gift, isn’t a gift at all. The greatest gift is the memories themselves.

I guess that’s why I hate Christmas. I hate Christmas because I wish it was more like Thanksgiving. We should be thankful for our family and our loved ones. We should be thankful that we’ve made it through another year and can look forward to a new one. We should be thankful that Jesus was born and died for our sins. And yes, if someone gives you an iPad 8, you should be thankful for that too.

You only have so many Christmas’ left. Be thankful for what you have. Be thankful that you have loved ones. Lastly, if you get to spend time with your loved ones, be thankful for that too, because the gift of each other, is the gift that lasts a lifetime.