As Canadians we have the ideal traditional Christmas setting. Winter time along with all its issues still makes the perfect atmosphere for a traditional Christmas season. It is hard to beat the beauty of the artistically arranged Christmas lights and their variety of colours reflecting on the snow. True, it can feel inconvenient having to wear the sometimes cumbersome winter clothing that serves the demands of the season.
But equal to the discomfort is experiencing the thrilling relief of stepping into from the cold, a toasty warm and seasonally decorated house.
Christmas in Canada can be challenging too. The stores are often bustling with activity. People are rushing to and fro while trying to make it through the Christmas rush amid the sound of familiar Christmas songs. The pressure to keep up with the demands and expectations can be equally difficult, especially if burdened by the hopes that everyone will be happy, and that you did not exceed your budget too severely.
Obscured by all of this we can lose sight of the true meaning of the season. It is found in the churches, the old hymns, and still in the lives of many people. Christmas is the celebration of the Birth of the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ. From this is where the expression ‘The Magic of Christmas’ came. The season is not merely a time of merriment and a gathering of family and friends.
Nor is it about the loving exchange of gifts. It runs far deeper. The true Christmas is also a holy and spiritual event where we celebrate God’s greatest gift to the world, the birth of His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. In Jesus He brings us into His family, and calls us to live a life of peace and love with Him and one another. This is and was the True Canadian Christmas. Merry Christmas everyone!