I really don’t have many fond memories of Christmas growing up as a child. It was always a lonely time for me, filled with disappointments and family arguments. I’m sure many people can relate and probably many feel that way now. Many dread the Christmas season. It wasn’t until I started growing up in my faith that my thoughts started to change. It’s not always about feelings. It’s about what is real.

Every family has issues. Nobody is perfect. There might be disappointments and failures. There might be disagreements, loneliness and burnt food. But in the midst of it, we have to keep growing up in our faith knowing that Christmas isn’t about feelings. It’s about Jesus and His gift to us. That alone should give us reason to celebrate. I don’t focus anymore on the material gifts, or the Christmas expectations. I focus on Jesus.