Many people will tell us to remember “the reason for the season,” and this is very true. However, because of the amount of activities that cascade over us during the season of Advent, we often miss the time to prepare for the arrival of Jesus Christ. Between our multiple Christmas parties, our searching Amazon for the last minute gift (hoping that our friends have a public wish list), and managing the children who have (seemingly) much more time off for Christmas break than we ever did, we miss out on Advent. We feel as though we missed the season, however, it is in the doldrums of winter, following December 25th, that we can actually experience Christmas!
Many people complain that the month of January is the longest for us in Minnesota, fearing that nothing happens but for the anxious awaiting of spring time. This creates the perfect opportunity to experience Christmas. For the season of Christmas actually begins on December 25th, it does not end. It is during this time after Christmas Day where we ought to concentrate our minds on paying attention to the great gift that is God entering the world. We ought to be a people who notice in a new and beautiful way the love of God for each person by him choosing to become a human, just like us. To have a family, just like us. To have highs and lows, just like us. To be like us in all things, but sin. He did this so that he can save us from our sins.
That small, little child is destined to be the savior of all people, even us today. Let us use the quiet and depth of winter to notice again, in a more intimate way, the love that this great season offers us. Let us truly experience Christmas.
Fr Nathan LaLiberte