Christmas is usually my favorite holiday, but this year… Well, this year I just feel blah. My uncle was in the hospital with a serious problem, I’ve been sick with a cold, and someone close to my family passed away. It’s hard to “get” the joyful season when all that has happened. This year, more than ever, I’ve realized that not everyone has merry Christmases. I keep reminding myself that I have a lot to be thankful for. But the most important realization for me has been that no matter what is going on and no matter what plans don’t turn out the way you want them to, Jesus is really what we’re celebrating. It’s not about the parties or the presents. Joy doesn’t even come from perfect circumstances. It comes from the greatest gift we’ve ever received, Jesus. So even though I’m not exactly feeling the joy of the season this year, I’m still feeling the perfect peace that comes from knowing Jesus. And I hope, that if you’re like me, you can some encouragement from knowing you’re not alone.