I'm not a religious person. I don't go to church, don't pray much, probably believe things that would make certain Christians gasp in horror. But yesterday I was listening to the Dave Matthews Band Christmas Song and it caused me to pause and remember why we should be celebrating this time of year.
It's incredibly easy to get sucked into the vortex of stress and shopping mayhem during the holidays. We get so consumed with buying people the right present and finishing our Christmas cards and decorating our houses that the time we actually spend acknowledging that little baby in the manger is limited to a night or two.
But I realized yesterday that thinking about Him is what makes this month so special. Sure, it's great to spend time with your family, watch kids light up when you give them gifts, and eat, drink and be merry. But the whole purpose of this holiday is to appreciate what He did and who He was. And when you stop and think about those things, it really puts all the other stuff into perspective.
Maybe this year instead of pumpkin pie and figgy pudding, we should all bake birthday cakes and celebrate the real reason for Christmas.