I remember that, as a small child, I noticed something magical happen in the weeks and days leading up to Christmas. People seem so much happier! Even in the stores, you hear people singing along with the music flowing from the store speakers. Not everyone, of course, but most people stop thinking so much about themselves and their situations and start thinking of others. People use the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and anonymously leave gifts for those in need, or on a neighbor’s doorstep. Passing strangers smile and wish each other a Merry Christmas.
Most importantly, for a brief time our thoughts are focused more intently on our Savior Jesus Christ, and that is what I believe brings the Christmas magic to the air. It changes hearts, causing us to set aside our everyday lives and focus on others instead of ourselves. As we live this way, we will be a light and a beacon of hope to those that might be struggling. It feels so good to live like this; I never could understand, even in my childhood days, why it disappeared after December 25th.
Imagine what the world would be like if we all lived this way all year long. I hope that we can all keep the light of Christ shining in our life all year long!