Trees are going up, presents are being wrapped, and turkeys are being stuffed. The excitement that Christmas brings to those that celebrate around the world is beginning to grow.

I think that every family has some kind of tradition that only happens at Christmas. Perhaps that’s getting a certain game out on Christmas day or maybe there’s something done in the build up to Christmas day, but we’ve probably all got something that sticks out for us as a Christmas tradition. For me and my family, one tradition that comes to mind is that we write Christmas lists with the things we’d like for Christmas.

As a kid, I could probably scroll through an Argos catalogue and have a page full of toys or games that I was after, whereas now it mainly consists of more DVDs to add to the collection. Choosing what we want for Christmas definitely gets harder the older we get.

However I don’t think that means we enjoy Christmas any less, our priorities just change. The focus goes from presents to time with family, from what we’re getting to what we’re giving. For me I can’t wait to give out some of the presents I’ve got for people (especially the secret Santa, always very proud of that one!).

It’s also important that we don’t lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas and the real reason that we are celebrating. “Today in the town of David a saviour has been born to you; he is the messiah, the lord” (Luke 2:11) – Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of the Christ. God sent His son into the world to be born. Shepherds, wise men, and angels all shared in the excitement of knowing about this great event. They knew this was no ordinary baby. The prophets had told of his coming hundreds of years before. The star stopped over Bethlehem just to mark the way for those who were looking for this special child.

So whatever your plans are this Christmas, whatever you’re looking forward to most this year, do it whilst remembering that Jesus is the reason for the season.

From everyone at Kick, we wish you a very Merry Christmas.