It shouldn't though. Christmas shouldn't be 'just another day'. It doesn't matter that my Christmas day today has mostly been spent watching movies on television and snacking on various foods. At the heart of Christmas, if you celebrate because you really believe in it, is one of the most truly exciting things in the world. It's a baby- fully God and fully human, sent to deliver the world from its sins. Christmas is the gateway to eternal forgiveness and freedom. Christmas is hope, Christmas is redemption, and Christmas is a damn miracle. And I really wish that as I celebrated Christmas today, I had the wonderfully joyous overfilling of the magnanimous nature of the day. I wish that I could be childlike in my excitement.
I do have the excuse of having depression as to why I don't have the full enjoyment, but I know a lot of people who don't, who've also lost their excitement for Christmas. I think that comes from the way that culture and society teaches us to grow up. We're given more responsibilities and more things to consider, and it is very easy for us to become bogged down and stressed by those things. However, I think that if we approached these times which are meant to be joyful and exciting like a child, maybe we can regain a solace from our stress, even if just for Christmas day.
It's the most wonderful time of the year, and it should be, because Christmas is a sign of God's great promise that he has bestowed upon his people. Promise of love and hope and a future. If the priest Simeon can look at that baby Jesus and find such peace that he feels content to die, than surely we can find some sort of peace this Christmas day. Especially when we are so privileged to be able to celebrate Christmas in such luxury, which many can't.
Basically, all I'm saying is, although my Christmas was thoroughly average, I'm hoping that next year I will find my childlike love and enthusiasm for it yet again. If I focus on the real reasons why Christmas is so exciting, perhaps I'll be able to.
Merry Christmas and God bless.