To all who celebrate Jesus's birthday, Merry Christmas!! May it be filled with joyous memories, laughter, yummy food, Christmas movies and music, and maybe that book you've been wanting. Most of all though, I hope you spend it well with the ones you love and that mean the world to you. If you're not able to be around those you cherish most, give them a call, Facetime them, whatever it may be, let them know you love them and that they're cared about to the ends of the Earth, because who knows what troubles this year has brought them. Give those around you new hope and an extra heap of love this Christmas, because really that's what Christmas truly is all about.
The birth of Jesus was a sign of hope for everyone along with unwavering love. The moment the people of the world and land found out a savior was to be born, they didn't pack up their their belongings, but instead brought the most valuable things to them that they could find as gifts to give to Jesus upon being born. Gold, Frankincense, and Myhr were brought to Jesus's side, but also think of the little drummer boy who thought he had no gifts that were fit to give a king. This of course wasn't true - because he gave the gift of music to share. This is really where gift giving on Christmas came from, and is symbolic in many ways, but put simply, it represents what I shared above, love, giving, and hope. This is what Christmas reminds us of each year to get us ready for the next. So remember this today, tomorrow, and throughout the weeks to come into the new year.
Let the hope you have for goodness in the world thrive. Let the hope you have in yourself, and your belief that you can succeed flourish. Understand that the gifts given to you by the Lord were given for a purpose - to give them back to the people of the world so they can embrace it and continue to share it with others - just like the little drummer boy. If you're rich or poor, extremely busy or hanging out all day, when you walk through the streets, give a smile to those you walk past. Continue to be the shining hope in humanity that love and light still live within us. Carry that passion, brightness, and serendipity wherever you go - because that is what Jesus represents, and why wouldn't you want to follow through with that mission?
So today, begin the mindset that it's going to be a good day. Do this every day. Think of what makes you happy, smile, because really, what reason is there to frown? Share your gifts, whether it be your singing voice, magic tricks, or your mad hugging skills with those around you, because it truly will mean more and will be more memorable than that new iPhone they wanted. Share the love and light you have in your heart in hopes that good things are here and good things are coming, because that's what Christmas is all about.