Christmas is only a few days away and one of the most important aspects of Christmas is family. For many families it is one of the few, if not the only, time that families get together during a year. Often, people may describe their favorite part of Christmas as having a “family Christmas”. But what does that mean? What is so exciting about a “family Christmas”?
I think there are some elements that make some gatherings at Christmas special. Sometimes it is because we are with people that are actually part of our family, while other times these elements are met when there is no family relationship. There are just a few things that make gatherings special to most people.
People You Love
One of the things that make any type of gathering special is being around people that we love. Many of our family relationships are people that we have loved since birth. When we love people we overlook many shortcomings and never have to say other things. There is a certain level of comfort being around those that we love. Loving others is not something that happens by accident. Love is a choice. It is something that we do, not just something that we feel. Being around people we love is being around the people to whom we intentionally choose to give our best.
People Who Love You
It is one thing to love people, but we also need people to love us. We need people that overlook our flaws and know how we feel even when nothing is said. We need those people that have chosen to be a part of our life as well. People who have seen us at our worst and still believe the best about us. Sometimes the stress of Christmas makes the people that love us even more important.
Some of our fondest memories are centered around Christmas, family and friends. Some of those memories were made intentionally because of a specific gift we received or an activity we did with others. It could be games we played, places we went or things we did with those we love and those that love us. Other memories are made spontaneously in conversations and gatherings we participate in. Memories made with the loves of our lives are held dearly and deeply.
A “family Christmas” is not necessarily filled with relatives. Family consists of those that we love and those that love us. A real family Christmas is made up of memories with the most important people in our lives. I can tell you from experience that some of my most memorable Christmas memories include people I wasn’t related to as well as those I call relatives. Make sure that you are being intentional this Christmas season that you are spending it with those you love and those that love you. Don’t allow the season to pass without making memories with those people. If you spend these days making memories with the ones you love, it sure will will be a family Christmas.