Christmas is a time when friends and family get together to celebrate the hope that came with Christ’s birth. Thinking about this begs the question of why friends and family come together for this time of year. There are two different reasons, truly. Family come together out of a sense of love that’s bred through familiarity. We want those whom we are familiar with around for these times, because we trust them enough to let them into a special part of our lives – this is really a rather intimate sentiment. Note that not all family is blood; some family are by choice – anyone you can say “good ole ____” about may be considered family. Friends are those who share in something; in fact, C.S. Lewis says that friends have to be about something, in order to be true friends. Friends come together in these times to share future hopes for whatever the friendship is about. If Christians are first about Christ, then Christian friendships ought also be about Christ first – which, in turn, means that the most intimate time of the year for Christian friends is indeed Christmas.
Christ is love. Christ is peace. Christ is joy. Christ is hope. And Christmas is all about sharing in Christ. I urge everyone to be with those they trust enough to share their hopes and dreams with, this holiday season. Disney shouts their motto at the world, claiming that “a dream is a wish your heart makes.” They aren’t wrong. Many of us only open up that part of our heart to those we learn to trust through years of familiarity. That’s why to so many people, Christmas is all about being with family.
Friends face their paths together – shoulder to shoulder. In doing so, friendships always have their eyes ahead, to the future. If Christmas is ultimately about the hope that came with Christ, then friendships must be around with this occasion to remember hope. Friends must be around for this, because people with true friendships find it hard to look to the future and their hopes therein, without their partners, or friends, around. This is why so many people believe Christmas is about being with friends.
Being with friends and family during the holiday season is necessary, as we partake in sharing our hopes and dreams. Christmas, in this sense, is to be the most intimate time of the year. We must not forget to share this season or else we miss a great opportunity to further current relationships, or possibly build new ones. So, go out and be with family and friends this season, so you can share in this most intimate of holidays, and have a very merry Christmas!
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight (Romans 12:10-16).
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Much of the ideas of what friend love and family love are came from C.S. Lewis in his book, The Four Loves ; this book changed my life and I highly recommend everyone (Christian or not) get a copy!!!!