“The brightest and most grandest of light is the one that always shine in your heart.”
Growing up, my parents taught me that there is only one source of light that came to save the world on Christmas day. He didn’t come with an entourage of security guards, blaring loud music, flashy strobe lights nor walked on a red carpet surrounded by screaming fans and paparazzi . His parents didn’t stay in the most expensive, grandest of hotels to celebrate his birth nor invited the high and mighty of the society so he can be paraded and flaunted. He and his family chose humility and simplicity which became a symbol of inspiration for so many to find their inner light of hope and faith. He chose to stay away from the limelight so others most had forgotten will shine their brightest.
Christmas is a time of joy and giving. It is that time of the year when we become a light for others. Light that makes them smile because they are genuinely happy. Light that makes them feel loved and appreciated. Light that continues to shine and give courage long after the holidays are over and the last piece of Christmas trimmings packed and stored in the attic.
Yesterday me and my son had a date. Yes, we had a “Father and son” date. My wife went out with her lady friends and I had my 8-year old all to myself. I planned to make our time together, “grand and amazing.”
After picking him up from school, we went for a “Happy Hour” early dinner at a Japanese restaurant. It’s a happy hour because all food are half off. Yipee!
We ordered all his favorites, sushi roll, shrimp tempura, siu mai while I ordered my usual salmon sashimi. As we wait for our orders we talked about school and I did let him play his favorite Minecraft on my iPhone. I told him, “Hey, just don’t tell mom, okay?”
Next stop was HEB for some bananas, papayas and cantaloupe. My eager grocery buddy volunteered to push the cart.
Final stop was Dollar Tree. We needed supplies for our Christmas ornaments project. While I was busy finding glitter glue and foam sheets, my son was busy selecting mechanical pencils. Close to the check-out counter, I saw a very familiar scene of Christmas, the Nativity scene. That very simple yet meaningful Nativity scene now stands at the center of our living room to always remind me of what Christmas is truly all about.
As soon as we hit home, we started building our Christmas tree. While I painstakingly opened one pine leaf after another, my son started plugging the Christmas lights while singing, “We wish you a Merry Christmas. We wish you a Merry Christmas.” He placed it beneath the tree then started going all out by circling them around and on me. He was holding then with his bare hands all lit up and all. I had to tell him, “Please stop. We both can get electrocuted if there is any open wire.” He gave me a little sad face as he dropped the lights and pulled the plug from the socket. I felt sorry. I was totally being a “Christmas Grinch.” But safety first, right?
Before my son went to bed, he led his mom towards the Nativity scene, plugged the Christmas lights and said, “Look mom, me and dad did this. You like it mom, you like it?” My wife looking surprised replied, “Oh, wow! It’s beautiful.”
Christmas Grinch woke up early and made sure all the Christmas lights were in place and ready to dazzle. When my son and wife woke up, it was still dark but the Christmas lights were brilliantly dazzling their grandest like thousands of fireflies hovering around a pine tree.
On the way to school, I heard my son singing again, “We wish you a Merry Christmas. We wish you a Merry Christmas.” I didn’t have to look on my back mirror to know that he was happy and that he was feeling the joyful, exciting spirit of the holidays. The tone and mood of his voice said it all. I know it pretty well because I was singing with him too.
Wishing everyone the best of the holidays. May your Christmas season and the days to follow always shine with the grandest and brightest of lights.
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