Christmas is always portrayed as this happy, fun, joyous time of the year but in reality sometimes Christmas is not. I think at Christmas-time we tend to reminisce a little more than usual. We remember the good times, we think about our loved ones, and we all have the "perfect Christmas" laid out in our minds. But then the more we reminisce, the more we remember the loved ones that we've lost, the friends and family that are too far away, and the hard times that we've experienced over the years.
This Christmas my prayer for you is that your Christmas will be blessed; that you will be filled with love, joy, and peace even if you are in the midst of sorrow and suffering. Try not to dwell on your past, but instead look forward to your future. Mary and Joseph were not rich, they were far away from home, and baby Jesus was not born in the perfect place, but God blessed them. I think God planned Christ's birthday in such a way in order to remind us that there is hope, light, and joy even if you feel like you are sitting in the gutter; remember that Christ laid in a manger among the sheep.