I've been thinking about this time and the emotions and the happenings that lead us up to Christmas.
It makes me think there's a lot of ying and yang at this time. For instance:
Busy loud malls and bell ringers vs. the quiet of a "silent night".
Giving gifts to others vs. the true gift given to us.
People traveling vs. enjoying time at home Christmas morning.
Feeling rushed and upset with humanity vs. a bond of joy with each other for grace-given love.
Anticipation vs. wanting to be still and "savor" the special moment.
Expectations vs. pleasant surprises.
Simple words vs. unexplainable events.
I am sure you can add some too. I think it's what can make Christmas such a hard time for people. There is this ying and a yang thing happening. It's hard to understand. Sometimes we try to feel everything, and in doing so sometimes we just try to hard! So, we relax. Try not to stress - to let it happen - to "get" the whole picture. Rush -but be still. Sing - but be quiet.
Christmas is about a baby being born in a back yard, in an out of the way barn. Centuries ago. Not in a modern hospital by special medical means. A baby born of a very young, niave mother with no power or money. Not the royal offspring of a well-to-do leader. A baby "given" to us, but not because we wanted him BUT because we needed him. A baby. Tiny. Normal to the eye. But a one-time-only special son of God. A part of God. Actually God.
A normal baby vs. God on earth.