Has it ever occurred to you that Christmas is meant to be less about nostalgia and expectations for the perfect day and more about identifying with the Chief Sufferer this babe in a manger was to become?
“The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” (Romans 8:16-18 ESV)
Christmas is for those in the darkness, waiting for a great light to shine. It is forward-looking — the Incarnation we remember and the Return that is to come. And in the space in between, our inheritance is suffering with him in order that we may be glorified with him.
Gloria Hallelujah, the Savior has come!