Wouldn't it be great to have the most fulfilling Christmas - ever? The problem is that Christmas is often marked more by stress than by joy. This time of year is especially difficult because there's an expectation of feeling merry and generous. People compare their emotions to what they assume others are experiencing or what they're supposed to feel. Then they think that they alone fall short. They are frustrated about how they feel and it seems they are on the outside of the party, looking in through a glass wall.
These feelings are real for those who experience them - but God has a better way. He invites us to participate in a life of fulfilment. The first Christmas - the one when Jesus was actually born, is remarkable because it fulfils so many Old Testament prophecies. That is - the fulfilment of Jesus is rooted in historical fact, not subjective emotions. When we embrace the factness/truth-ness of the gospel, we build our lives on a solid rock, able to withstand the swirling vicissitudes of feeling. The good news is that we experience our highest degree of fulfilment when Christ is at the centre of our lives.