Away in a Manger

The world we live in today makes it easy to forget why we celebrate Christmas. Ever since childhood, we learn to connect presents with Christmas. Consumerism is at a high, but happiness is also apparent, so it’s not all bad.

A lot of people say that we should put Christ back in Christmas and I’ll often think “Right, Christmas is the time when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.” but I wouldn’t really ponder any more about it. People will sing hymns, go to church, and decorate their houses to feel the spirit of Christmas, but is that it? Is that all we can do?

I went to a Live Nativity Pageant that my church put on last night and I was expecting it to be totally cheesy and dumb. I seriously always expect the worst for stuff like this because I’m always ready to cringe. ┬áBut I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed it and how much I learned about the birth of Jesus.

I think we have it easier living in a time where (for those who believe that Jesus was the son of God) Jesus had already come and died for our sins compared to those who were expecting his arrival 2,000 + years ago. I don’t know if I would’ve been a strong enough person to believe that God was going to send down a Savior to the world. So it’s cool to think that there were so many people that recognized his birth on the very first Christmas.mary-and-joseph-and-babe

Like, the three Wise Men are so coolio. They were my favorite part of the nativity. Mostly because one of them was wearing shoes that looked like the Genie’s from Aladdin. Also, I just like the idea that they traveled so far to see an infant child that they knew was their King. It was eye opening for me since I never really thought much about ┬ábaby Jesus being born in a manger. But the fact that people already knew how great he was the minute he arrived on this Earth, to have that much faith, really impressed me.

Can we just respect how flashy the first wise man was?

Can we just respect how flashy the first wise man was?

Also, the Wise Men had a llama with them which I could not stop watching. He really stole the show for me. Like, if I hadn’t known he was acting, I would’ve thought he was a biblical llama. The donkey in the manger was also exceptional as well as the goats.

The thing I like the most about Christmas is how happy and full of peace people are. Of course some families get lost in the shuffle and get stressed with holiday pressure. But I think if we keep this time of year simple, help our fellow men and women who need it, and make our hearts full of love and joy, this time of year will feel how it was intended to feel.

I hope all of you have a great holiday season. And if you don’t celebrate Christmas, I hope you still get to spend time with your family and friends and feel warmth during this magical time of year.