The True Christmas Spirit

“My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior” Luke 1:47.

This is my daughter’s favorite time of year. She says it’s the "Christmas Spirit” that makes everything so special.

How do we define Christmas Spirit exactly? A good feeling, a positive attitude, enough money to buy presents for everyone, getting or giving that perfect gift, decorations, baking cookies, pretty lights, parties, fellowship with those we care about? 

On the surface these could be the answers, but what about those whose holidays are missing someone they love, are under a terminal diagnosis, don’t have enough money to buy presents for their kids, are jobless, are alone, or just have had a really tough year?

The true Spirit of Christmas is found where Christmas began. Luke 1 and 2 are filled with it– worship. From Elizabeth and Zacharias to the shepherds, angels, Simeon and Anna, we see them spirit filled and god honoring. They are not concerned at all about themselves, but are lost in complete awe and wonder at what God has done. They declare His glory and power and praise His name not only for what He has done for them but for who He is. Mary above all. In her song of praise she says, “For he who is mighty has done great things for me and holy is his name.”

From the high priest to the lowest shepherds, to the humble young mother of God: they worshiped! And it was not dependent on money, social status, relationships or health. 

Father God - this season may the true Christmas Spirit fill us like this. Remembering that baby in the manger came to save us from our own sin, to give us eternal life, and to give us life abundantly. You have done great things for us. Give us hearts to deeply and truly worship you with all we are. Amen.