I have always loved Christmas, especially when I was a child. I loved Christmas vacation from school! We would go sleigh riding with friends, ice skating, and our church would have a festive party. I LOVED all the Christmas music, the caroling, the hot chocolate, home made cookies, and the celebration of the birth of Christ.
Now fast forward to 2013.
I LOATHE, LOATHE, LOATHE "Happy Holidays." Christmas has become an 'argument' over whether or not to offend others when putting up lights, displaying a manger scene, employees in stores saying "happy holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas."
I even heard that the song, 'Deck The Halls' is now being changed to "now we don our 'fun' apparel" instead of 'gay' apparel!
Christmas has become a commercialized gift giving free-for-all instead of what it is meant to be: A celebration of the birth of Christ, our Savior of the world. The "holiday" commercials and the volumes of ads filling our newspapers are just plain annoying.
I listen to the Family Life Network on the radio all year long, and I listen to the wonderful Christmas music to keep me aware of the real reason for Christmas. Christmas is supposed to bring families together, but now so many families are at odds and not speaking to each other that the results are fractured families. My son has not been inside our home for 12 years.
Now my nephew sent an email saying he and his wife will not be joining us this year. He has NEVER ever missed a Christmas in our home.
So, to answer your question, "Do I look forward to Christmas every year?"
Yes, I do, because I love to give and to be reminded of the meaning of Christmas- that without Jesus Christ, I am nothing. But it's not the same as when I was growing up. I miss my childhood Christmases. They were so innocent before people started getting so offended. Blessings, Sparklea :)