Having grown up in Christian household:, Christmas was obviously not just 'another celebration' to my husband and Me - it was about remembering and celebrating the birth of Jesus (even if he was more likely to have actually been born earlier in the year, and not on December 25th).
To this day, we still celebrate this - alongside the fun extra things like Father Christmas and gifts. So here is a little blog entry to tell you what Christmas means to me.
Christmas is about being with family.
The best thing about Christmas is that most of us get the day off on Christmas day. That gives us the opportunity to spend the day with those nearest and dearest to us.
Christmas is about sharing love.
You can never love too much. Christmas is about celebrating God's love in sending his Son to earth, so what better way to enjoy the season than by sharing love with those around us. Whether it is donating to charity, sending a card to someone who doesn't have anyone else or showing general kindness to a stranger.
Christmas is about giving.
Sometimes we can get lost in the commercial side of Christmas - making wishlists and figuring out what we want. For me though, the most exciting part of Christmas is giving to others. Giving love. Giving kindness. Giving gifts.
Christmas is about joy.
I love seeing the joy on people's faces at Christmas - especially the face of my daughter. She gets so much joy out of all the different aspects of Christmas, from the lights in town to the decorations at home. From the amazing food to the gifts that she opens. There is nothing more special than that Christmas joy.
Christmas is a celebration of Christ's birth.
"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
I will never forget the reason for the season. Jesus was born of Mary in a little town called Bethlehem - and I along with many other Christians - will be celebrating that this Christmas day.