"Allow the children to come to me," Jesus said. "Don't forbid them, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to people like these children." (Matthew 19:14).
Jesus said the kingdom of heaven belongs to people who are like children. What does this really mean? Much of Advent - of Christmas - is about recapturing the enthusiasm and wonder we had as children. Children are constantly seeing and experiencing new things; when we get older, we begin to take everything for granted. Faith is much the same way. We need to grow in knowledge and not remain children in our understanding, but we don't need to become so adult we lose our childlike enthusiasm.
This Christmas, pause for just a minute or two and remember what it was like to be a child at Christmas. Do you remember your first snow? The first memory you have of cookies baking in the oven? What it was like to open your first present on your own? The first time you recall buying, and wrapping, a gift for someone else? Think back to some of your firsts and experience them again this year. Get lost in the wonder of it all, especially the wonder of the baby in the manger. Merry Christmas!