Christmas Memories & The Point of it All

Ciao Bellas,
A lot of my Christmas memories from my childhood are kinda the same, but they still give me that warm fuzzy feeling. I loved watching all the ABC Family 25 Days of Christmas movies leading up to Christmas day (except for a brief foray to Cartoon Network to watch a Yogi Bear Christmas). Christmas gift shopping has always been super fun for me too, I've always looked forward to buying gifts for people more than getting stuff for myself. This is probably because I've always been more of a giver, and I have a tendency to put others before myself. One of my favorite things to do as a kid was go to Walmart and pick a name off of the Angel Tree Christmas Tree, and get a gift for a child that otherwise might not get anything for Christmas. I liked being able to do something small that would mean a lot to somebody else, and help make their Christmas a little brighter. Everybody should be able to share in the joy of Christmas, and know that somebody out there cares about them.

Candlelight Christmas Eve service at my church was another one of my fave things, especially getting to see all my church friends and exchange gifts with them. I loved holding my candle and singing the Christmas hymns, because we didn't (and to this day we still don't) bust out the hymn books too often. Speaking of my church related Christmas memories, I'd like the time to point out that I'm the only girl that never got picked to be Mary or be in any of the Christmas plays that my church ever did. I ain't salty though. Well, not anymore haha.

 I was an only child for the majority of my childhood, but once my sisters arrived on the scene Christmas day somewhat remained the same. My dad would always BLAST Christmas music. It wasn't just any kind of Christmas music though. It was like classical Christmas music, and music sung by choirs. At the time I really wished he'd play more modern Christmas music, but he likes this kind of music so nobody really complained. Now I just wake up super early and beat him to the Christmas DJ punch. I'll try to throw some classical in there for him this year, as the mixmaster I don't take requests...but I try to throw a lil something in there for everybody.

A lil holiday humor via the Elf Yourself App

Christmas dinner was always a big deal when I was a kid. When we were on friendlier terms with my mom's side of the family, my aunts would come over and so would my grandpa. Sadly my Grandpa passed away about 6 years ago, and that would be about the time family drama the rest of my relatives don't really join us for dinner anymore. Since the majority of my Dad's family is spread out (Nigeria, Canada, Brazil), our family Christmas dinners tend to be just my immediate family. That's perfectly fine for us though, since it allows us to be able to relax and spend time together. After my goddaughter was born last year, I've started a new tradition of going to visit her after my family Christmas dinner to bring over her gifts and play with her. I remember that I loved waiting for people to come visit me on Christmas, and I want her to have that to look forward to as well.

There are so many things that I love about Christmas and the holiday season. Spending time with my family, gift giving, giving back, the Christmas movies, the music, the holiday cheer, but the best part of it all for me (especially as a Christ follower) is the true meaning of Christmas. My entire faith is built on what we celebrate on Christmas. God loving us so much that He sent His Son to Save us, so that if we believed in Him we'd no longer be separated from Him (and give us eternal life. I'm loosely paraphrasing John 3:16). As an adult,I still love to relive a lot of my childhood Christmas memories...but the older I get (I'm 22 1/2 years young. Yes, the 1/2 is still important haha), the more it becomes about spreading love on Christmas. Especially in a world where so many terrible things are happening, and so many people feel sad, unloved, hurt, depressed, forgotten, and bitter. I just wanna bring it back to the point of it all, and let somebody know that no matter what happened to them, what they've done, how they feel, something was done for us thousands of years ago that changed the game for mankind. It's all about being the light, and spreading the love. That's why a couple of years ago some friends and I helped out and provided entertainment at our local rescue mission for their holiday party, and why every year for the past few years my family and I have partnered with our church to give out winter coats to the underprivileged kids that attend our kids programs (kids who would come in wearing short sleeve shirts and flip flops in the dead of winter). At the end of the day, I can't call my self a follower of Christ and not reflect His love to those around me.

So this Christmas season, in all the hustle and bustle (especially now that I work in retail, y'all wouldn't believe the things I see at work) let's try to make somebody's Christmas a little brighter by spreading the love and being the light
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