What do you expect this coming Christmas? New clothes? New gadgets? Overnight parties? New love life? For sure aside from these we have a lot of expectations as we wait for Christmas excitedly. Usually, when Christmas comes we really expect to receive something new and pleasing to our senses and expectations. So, there should be something new when Christmas comes.
However, is this really the real spirit of Christmas? Looking and pondering upon the Nativity scene, it was just a simple and ordinary Christmas celebration. They don’t expect for something new, but they expect for the birth of the Son of God; the main reason of our Christmas celebration. Actually, the stable of Bethlehem, where Jesus was born, reminds us that the real spirit of Christmas is not all about expecting for something new, costly, extravagant, and appealing; but it’s all about renewing ourselves to the Son of God born in a manger, i.e. Jesus. He gave us the gift which greater than what we expect, i.e. His life, His love, and His mercy.
So, what we are still expecting for if He must be the real reason of our waiting and expectations? Indeed, the most important thing in our expectation is to realize that it’s Jesus whom should be the main reason of our Christmas celebrations. Without his birth, perhaps it’s worthless and pointless to celebrate Christmas just a celebration itself.