Some people shudder and brace themselves with a resigned sigh when they realize that Christmas is coming. It’s become some sort of looming specter that everybody seems to enjoy, but really they talk more about how busy they are and how much stuff they have to get done. I am no exception, honestly. I could go out of my mind with all the things I need to do, but I hate that. I hate when I start feeling like that, because Christmas is my favorite holiday, and this is my favorite time of the year.
Furthermore, everyone loses sight of the real center of Christmas, which is, naturally, Christ. The Greatest Gift of all is not one bought on sale at Macy’s or a steal you got on Black Friday. The Greatest Gift is God who became one of us, because of his unfathomable love for men. Reading the Old Testament in school as we approach Christmas has taught me more of the sense in which the Jews waited for the Christ. They expected a military leader, a great king like David who would lead them to victory over their enemies and return them to the glory of a united Israel. Christ’s coming as a poor man, as a man of humble origin and born of scandal (we must remember that many probably knew that Mary was pregnant before she was married to Joseph) was an incredible and staggering event. Then, as Christ began to preach the various doctrines of the New Kingdom, many of course refused to believe that He was the Savior. Not only was he a humble man, and not a soldier or a king, the things He was teaching were revolutionary and unheard of. The climate of the Old Testament is very much one of firm and unrelenting justice. No man guilty of a crime would be “forgiven” by either the government or his people. Charity, pure and all-encompassing love was something never before thought of by the Jews. Logically, they would reject this man as an imposter, as we see they did. But in effect Christ did conquer the world with this same doctrine of all-encompassing love, and there is hardly a corner of the world left that Christianity has not touched. What does all this have to do with sugar scrubs? Not a whole lot, but it’s a reminder to all of us that charity is the central theme for this season, and it’s through acting on charity that we find true peace throughout the whole year, not just at Christmastime.
That being said, I do love Christmastime. I don’t know if I enjoy more the shopping, wrapping, and unwrapping of gifts: the baking, deocrating, and eating of yummy treats, or the inevitable little moments that are spontaneous and irreplaceble when family is gathered around you. This season, focus on the things that are really important. And make some sugar scrub. Sugar scrub is cool.
Gingerbread Sugar Scrub:
450 g. cane sugar
1/8 t. allspice
1/4 t. ground cloves
20 g. coconut oil, melted
46 g. molasses.
In a medium bowl, stir together all ingredients until thoroughly combined.