The Meaning of Christmas

Snuggling by the Christmas tree a few nights ago with my formerly frozen embryo, I suddenly remembered what the meaning of Christmas is

The birth of Christ represents the promise of a world better than the one we are in.

That baby went on to simplify the world in one final commandment that felt more like advice from a friend: love one another.

Isn’t that really what this season is about?

Even the modern day Santa, in proper context helps contribute to that idea of providing kids with a glimpse inside a magical world that is better than the one we live in.

Yes it can be filled with too much stress, a focus on material gift giving and lose its magic as schedules and budgets get stretched.

But in a tender moment snuggled by the Christmas tree with my daughter I felt a kindred spirit to the peace that Mary must have felt on the night her son was born.

Kids make the world a better place.

That’s why we are willing to go to such lengths to bring them into this world.

My world is a better place because of the beauty that my IVF baby brings into my life.

Kids personify the beauty and miracle of life if we can shut out the noise of a world gone mad.

They hold the promise of a world better than the one we are in.

As parents we nurture that vision by adding our own magic to this season.

Imagine if that spirit of magic was part of how we approach every day of the year:

What if we asked the question “How can I make the things I will face today more magical for the children in my life” all the time?

Maybe we’d see the world become a better place more than one season a year.



Hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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