Every year, I’ve seen and celebrated Christmas but never understood what Christmas Is. Is Christmas is all about presents.
If “It’s not about presents.” Then, every Christmas morning, you are inundated with presents. It didn’t make sense. Someone is lying.
Yours parents would conclude every Dec. 25 with the same nervous question: “So… did you get everything you wanted?”
Are you kidding me? Everything I wanted? Is this what you want to teach your children about life? That you can get everything you want?
I remember being a kid. I never got everything I wanted. (Thank God.) My parents had the best of intentions at heart. Most do. But this is telling of our culture.
Maybe it’s humanity at its most broken. But I shudder to think of the implications of that phrase: everything you want.
Last years, I spent the month of December hanging out with a community of homeless men and women who lived beside roads. My friend Martin and I brought them some cakes, shoes and winter wears. Sure, we gave them gifts too. But they gave us a gift we could never repay: They opened our eyes to the spirit of Christmas. They even didn’t knew what Christmas is, but the joy of having those what they can`t afford was seen through their tears.
As it turns out, it’s not about holiday specials and sugar cookies. Nor is it about getting everything you ever wanted. I learned what Dec. 25 is really about: compassion.
Christmas belongs to the poor—let’s not forget that. We should be raising our glasses to them, to the outcast and the hungry, the handicapped and oppressed. Maybe if we’re lucky, they'll let us in on the true spirit of the season.
God loves the poor. He is among them. And if we are going to celebrate the birth of His Son with any sense of conscience, we must be with them, as well.
This year, we are doing something different for Christmas. We won’t be celebrating it on the streets (unless you give the opportunity itself). However, we will be finding a way to connect with those in need. We’re buying gifts. But not just any kind of gifts. The kind that make a difference. In your hustle-and-bustle holiday, I hope you find an opportunity to do something for these people. (If you’re looking for a way to give back I think it’s one of the best ways I know to reconnect with the true spirit of Christmas.) Because there’s just something about celebrating Christmas without the poor that feels dishonest.