Remembering the real meaning of Christmas

Remembering the real meaning of ChristmasChristina MacGregor

News Review Correspondent

I love Christmastime- I really do. I enjoy decorating my house with tinsel and holly. I love putting up the garlands on my mantle and setting up my reindeer lights and blow-up Santa on my lawn. The scent of cinnamon and baking cookies are currently wafting around in my house, and Christmas music is playing softly in the background, which always brings a smile to my face.

What I don’t enjoy as much is how my schedule goes from zero things to do to one hundred things to do very quickly. Please understand, most of my schedule is full of wonderful things. I do enjoy volunteering around the community and giving back to those around me. The parades, cookie parties, holiday shopping and gift exchanges are always fantastic to attend and do. I am also grateful for all of those in our community who strive to bring a little extra magic to our children, especially after all of the changes that they have had to endure due to COVID.

However, I just struggle with the organization part of it all and prioritizing certain parts of the Christmas season. Sometimes during the holiday hustle and hubbub, I forget to do the most important thing of all, which is to celebrate and appreciate the birth of Jesus Christ. Such a monumental event should be remembered and sometimes I am guilty of forgetting the reason for the season.

Luckily, though, being part of an awesome community like Ridgecrest, I am super blessed when others create events that help me do just that.

Three of my daughters- Ariadne, Isabelle, and Minuette, performed in the Nativity Ballet that Cate DeMin and her studio, Sierra Academy of Dance, put on.

The ballet was wonderfully done; from the sweet story-telling through hand gestures, to Mary, the Star of Bethlehem, the angel Gabriel and the angels all dancing beautifully while on point. There was so much to appreciate about this wonderful ballet.

And maybe I am a little biased, but I especially enjoyed every time the little ones came on stage. As I watched my 5-year-old and 6-year-old come on stage as little sheep ballerinas, their arms stretched to upwards in happiness, I remembered why I am grateful for Jesus.

Those little sheep showing unabashed joy reminded me why we all should be dancing for Jesus. His birth brought joy and light and life to a world overwhelmed with so many other things. Because of taxes and business and hustle and hubbub, Jesus was born in a stable because there was literally no room in the Inn. Yet he came, and he came for everyone. The angels sang his name to a world that didn’t fully understand the significance of his birth.

During the ballet, I noticed that my 9 year-old daughter was a little star dancing around the Star of Bethlehem. She helped remind me that all roles, no matter how small, were important on the night of Jesus’s birth. In all of our own small ways we celebrate him. We may not be able to do anything as big or grand as the Star of Bethlehem, but even the small stars were there and witnessed Jesus’s birth. We can do whatever small things we can to appreciate and remember him.

After watching the ballet, I want to be more purposeful in finding joy in this holiday season. I still have a busy schedule, but I plan to make more time and room in it to ponder his birth. I want to more fully appreciate why we celebrate this holiday in the first place. Mostly, I want to continuously remind myself that because of Jesus I have so many blessings that I am very grateful for, including my two little sheep and my little star.

Pictured: Ariadne, Isabelle, and Minuette MacGregor

Story First Published: 2021-12-24