Tuesday, December 20, 2011

5 days to Christmas

Sorry I am been neglecting this blog. It's been 20 days since I last posted, but that's because I have been away. Vacationing!! And then there was the jet-lag after the return.

Anyway, have you finished your Christmas shopping? It's just 5 days to Christmas! Remember when shopping for gifts:
Every gift which is given, even though is be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection. Pindar

Why do I ask about Christmas shopping? Because Christmas has always been called the season for giving. Why else would there be a song called the 12 days of Christmas? And in that song everyday your "true love" gives you something.

But another important thing to remember is:
Your children need your presence more than your presents. Jesse Jackson

I envy those whose Christmas tradition does not include shopping. Yes, Yan , I am referring to you. No need to brave the crowds and weather to get to the shops, and no need to crack your brains deciding on what to buy for everyone. Anyway, anytime is as good a time to give and to receive. And gifts at all other times of the year are usually received with even more thanks. And it can be Christmas for us anytime of the year coz:

Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas. Dale Evans Rogers

Well, the main reason for Christmas is Jesus! Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ and His birth changed the whole world. Funny that Jesus is also involved in this traditional gift giving thing at Christmas. Just as you give gifts to your loved ones, God is offering you a gift as well: the gift of complete forgiveness, freedom from sin, eternal life with Him in heaven and of course, the gift of LOVE! No shopping required!!

So, as you go about celebrating the season, remember the reason behind it. But most importantly, spare a thought for those unable to really celebrate the season due to health, lack of resources, or any other reasons.

So for those of us who do not look forward to the season for whatever reason, just remember:

At Christmas, play and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year.
Thomas Tusser

And for those of us with pesky relatives, I wish they would learn from Santa:
visit only once a year!!

So here's wishing you and yours a Beautiful and Meaningful Christmas filled with lots of Love and Good Cheer!


bp said...

Hi hi,
I'm here, not just catching your posts via the reader, I have been reading faithfully you know ;). Thanks, I love your reminders and quotes on what's importance about this merry can-be-too-(crazy/)busy season.

Have a blessed Christmas my dear, here's wishing your beautiful family peace, love and joy as you bask in God's goodness and gift of Jesus in our lives!

Don't let "well-meaning" relations try and make you think otherwise. I hope they'll be happy for you and congratulate you on your achievements, you've accomplished so much in the year as a family and also individually :). Way to go, my amazing friend, and keep going by His amazing grace!

Stardust said...

I wish I've caught this earlier but pass the same spirit again for our next Christmas my friend! Blessing your new year and may 2012 be one just as joyful and accomplished, everything like BP has said. ;) And cheers to our friendship, thank you for being around and inspiring us from time to time, we're blessed.


stay-at-home mum said...

Thanks BP and Stardust, you both are God sent - encouraging and supporting me all the way. All the best for the coming new year!