This time of year everywhere you look people are rushing around trying to either find that perfect gift for everyone on their list or pick up that last minute gift. Stores slash their prices ridiculously low with hopes those shoppers will come in.
This time of year also seems to bring out the worst in people...how many stories have you heard or read talking about adults fighting in stores during events like Black Friday over a stupid gift or someone cutting in line while waiting in line for the store to open its doors. Then when the doors do open, there is such a mad rush to get in, people don't seem to care if they knock others down trying to get them out of their way, which leads to some people getting trampled on and seriously injured or killed.
Then you've got that customer who takes his or her frustrations out on the store employees because they are unhappy the store sold out of whatever it was they wanted before they could get to it or the store didn't have enough registers open and God forbid they have to wait in line. Customers don't seem to realize that the employees don't have anything to do with how many employees are assigned to work each day or how many lanes are open. Stores such as WalMart get their schedules from their corporate headquarters.
What is suppose to be a joyous time of year can really be a stressful time of year. We worry over spending too much money, will that person like the gift we give them, bills coming in right and left, etc.
We tend to forget about those who are less fortunate than we are. So many people are without jobs, homeless, hungry, cold, alone, in hospitals, or for whatever reason won't be able to spend Christmas with their families.
In so many cases, the real reason we have the opportunity to celebrate this time of year is either forgotten or pushed to the side.
JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON
The fact He may not have actually been born on December 25 is not important, as far as I'm concerned. What IS important is we celebrate the greatest gift this world has ever received...Jesus Christ!! This time of year should not be about what we give or get for Christmas, but sharing the joy of the season. Read the Bible and you will find over and over again about how Jesus tried to teach us about how we can obtain true joy.
NOTE: I realize that there are people and religions who do not believe He is the Son of God, and I respect your beliefs. I ask that you respect mine.