I have been having a very hard time getting into the Christmas spirit this year. I have been getting less and less excited about Christmas and it's been very sad. I used to feel giddy and happy when I saw Christmas lights and trees. But since I don't feel the "specialness" of the Christmas season anymore, I just planned on letting December pass by without much anticipation.
Then, I went into the rehearsal of Handel's "Messiah" this past weekend. The choir has been rehearsing "Messiah" since September but the choir director let me come in for the last few rehearsals to sing in the performance since I know the music. As I sang about the birth, death and atonement of Christ, I was reminded of what Christmas was truly about. I was trying to induce the excitement of Christmas through Christmas lights, trees, and presents but nothing worked. But when I remembered the true meaning of Christmas and the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ, my heart filled with joy and gratitude. It is through knowing and accepting the atonement of the Savior that I can have everlasting joy and peace.
This is going to be a great Christmas. :)