The true wonder of Christmas

Christmas Eve has been my favorite day of the year ever since I was very young. Now that I’m older, that sentiment still exists, but for a different reason.

When I was young, Christmas Eve was the day we hung up stockings, sprinkled reindeer food across the snow, and got to bed as quick as we could because Santa was coming! My parents orchestrated these traditions for me and my siblings beautifully, and we all went to bed feeling the magic of Christmas. My siblings and I are old enough to have outgrown a bit of that magic.

But as an adult, I don’t see the wonder disappearing, but rather, the realization of the true spirit of Christmas—the Holy Spirit, present in each of us across the world, uniting us together for the birth of Jesus Christ. Tonight, even as my parents still have us hang up stockings and sprinkle reindeer food to sparkle on the snow (they’re great photo-ops, after all), the real reason I will feel peace as I fall asleep is because our Savior humbled himself, being born in the manger, to live among us and save us.
-Christina Marie, Department of Special Needs

Christmas Eve has been my favorite day of the year ever since I was very young. Now that I’m older, that sentiment still exists, but for a different reason.

When I was young, Christmas Eve was the day we hung up stockings, sprinkled reindeer food across the snow, and got to bed as quick as we could because Santa was coming! My parents orchestrated these traditions for me and my siblings beautifully, and we all went to bed feeling the magic of Christmas. My siblings and I are old enough to have outgrown a bit of that magic.

But as an adult, I don’t see the wonder disappearing, but rather, the realization of the true spirit of Christmas—the Holy Spirit, present in each of us across the world, uniting us together for the birth of Jesus Christ. Tonight, even as my parents still have us hang up stockings and sprinkle reindeer food to sparkle on the snow (they’re great photo-ops, after all), the real reason I will feel peace as I fall asleep is because our Savior humbled himself, being born in the manger, to live among us and save us.
-Christina Marie, Department of Special Needs