Catch a Falling Star

By Emily Sears | November 22, 2010 | RSS

There's something about the first snow of the year that makes me want to start celebrating Christmas. As for most people, Christmas is my favorite time of year. I could watch Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas or It's a Wonderful Life every day and never grow tired of either. Watching one while watching snow fall outside my window makes me yearn for December 25th.

            Every Christmas I set goals for myself. Buy better presents for fewer dollars. Include more people on my Christmas Shopping List. Reread Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. Help my mom with the holiday baking. This year my goal is to focus on Christ. Although Christ wasn't actually born on Christmas day and we are supposed to celebrate His death, burial, and resurrection every day, there is something refreshing about taking twenty-four hours to focus only on Jesus' birth. However, the task of remembering Christ can be daunting. What could I ever do to make a difference? Sometimes it's easier just to do nothing.

            This Christmas SGA is partnering with the Bonner Leaders to provide a campus wide service opportunity at Bluefield College. SGA and Bonner selected the program called Forgotten Children: Catch a Falling Star which is through the Bluefield Union Mission. These are children who have one or two parents incarcerated and will not receive presents this Christmas. SGA is asking each organization, team, club, office, and department to adopt one child, so that we are able to help more children. There will also be a wrapping party before finals in December to help ready the presents for donation. All students and staff are welcome to attend and help out regardless if he or she contributed. 

            Having such a large project present on campus holds me accountable for my Christ-like attitude this holiday season. It is so easy to fall in the Christmas trap where I only focus on what is on sale at Sears or when Hickory Farms is going to set up their stand in the middle of the mall. This season, take time for important things like watching "The Charlie Brown Christmas Special" or going Christmas caroling, but keep your mind and heart focused on what really matters: Jesus Christ. As it says in Matthew 10:45, "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."