Are you ready for Christmas?
It starts the day after Halloween. In every store, it’s out with the candy and in with the inflatable decorative front lawn Santas. The anxiety starts slowly at first. So much to prepare. Travel plans. Finances. Where will we put all the new toys we’re going to receive from “Santa”? Our entire house can get overrun if we aren’t careful.
If you watch Christmas movies, you see a perfect picture of tradition, happiness, and calendar management….the ideal husband and wife team, the obedient and grateful children. The smell of warm cider. The snow-covered cabin. The look of wonder your children display when they hear those footsteps on the roof.
But it’s getting tougher and tougher to experience that in real life.
December comes, and all of a sudden, work gets busy, the kids are having trouble at school, and there’s a few too many Christmas events to attend. And I haven’t even started with all the presents you feel like you have to buy to make everyone “happy.”
Why do we do this to ourselves? Are we enjoying our Christmas season? Are we taking time to celebrate what Christmas is all about?
The whole world seems to stop what they are doing to celebrate the Christmas season, yet all too often we get caught up in the pageantry of the holidays and miss the peace, hope, joy, and love that was born in the form of a baby, wrapped in a manger, and that changed the course of the world for all of time.
Consider these amazing Christmas story truths:
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11
She will give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins. Matt 1:21
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1, 4-5
The Christmas season brings lots of great excitement, but we must protect ourselves from getting distracted from its main purpose. Why not work a little less, spend more time as a family, choose to not get caught up in the commercialism of the holidays, and celebrate the true purpose of the season, Jesus? It will be difficult and maybe counter-cultural, but I believe it is worth trying.