Christmas is more than a holiday

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Dr. Robin Harris Kimbrough

I had the opportunity to see Best Man’s Holiday, a wonderful movie about friendship, family, faith, and forgiveness. Many people who have seen this movie confessed that they laughed and cried throughout the movie. There were tear-jerking moments reminding us of God’s sovereignty showing that sometimes we do not understand God’s actions (and the need for us to have faith to accept them) knowing that God’s plan for us is filled with purpose and destiny—no matter how painful the journey. God has the power to take life, and end life.

Most of the movie takes place before and during Christmas, but the most important events take place after Christmas. In Matthew 1:21, we hear these words in Joseph’s revelation about the birth of Jesus Christ: “And [Mary] shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.” We need Christmas to happen in our lives, so that we can be saved, changed, and improved. This cannot happen without Jesus Christ. We need Christmas. Although Christmas can be a struggle, we can make it through Christmas, because of Christmas. If we allow it, Christmas can change us. We will see some the most important things happening in our lives after Christmas.

As we reflect on the warm feelings during this time of year or even the sadness or feelings of being alone, Christmas should not leave us the same. Christmas should change us and move us closer in our relationship with Jesus Christ. Christmas is a time of revival. The change that should take place in us is an increase in our faith—knowing that whatever happens in our lives, we can depend on the power and presence of a loving Savior. This is the reason for the season. Christmas should change our hearts. After an encounter with Christmas, we should be able to love more. Christmas should change our minds; we should not think the same after Christmas.

We should not look at others based on what they look like. The anger we feel toward someone should transition into forgiveness and love. Christmas should change our attitudes. After Christmas, joy and happiness should be in our hearts. Christmas should bring about a change in us that should last a lifetime. Christmas should bring healing into our lives.

All of us remember the Grinch, from Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas. He could not stand the people of ‘Whoville,’ and he especially hated their celebration of Christmas. The Grinch’s small heart caused his hatred of Christmas. The worse part of Christmas for him was the singing from the people of Whoville. One Christmas, he decided to steal all the toys, ornaments, Christmas trees, and food to put a stop to Christmas. To his dismay, he woke up the next morning to joyous Christmas singing. After listening to the song of Whoville, the Grinch realized that Christmas was more than a holiday.

Christmas was connected to something spiritual, something divine, something that brings joy in the midst of sorrow, and something deep down within that could make a person sing even after being robbed of toys, tinsel, and turkey. As a result, the Grinch’s heart grew larger, and he began to love Christmas. Some of us go through Christmas after Christmas, and nothing changes. Christmas is more than a holiday; it is a change. This Christmas let us not just have a holiday celebration, but let us have an experience with Jesus Christ and be overcome with his redeeming, healing, and forgiving love. Christmas is more than holiday.