Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Christmas, Already?

I look at the calendar and do a double take. Surely it can't be a week until Christmas. Maybe you're ready, just waiting for the big day. But some of us are not. Around our house, it appears that my wife will be, as always, able to pull it all together, but like a duck, the surface may be calm but below the surface is furious paddling.

What's on your to-do list for Christmas? Is it getting out the cards? Our friends who usually send several pages about their past adventures simply sent us a simple photo card this year. Others are sending their Christmas greetings electronically, while many simply find the practice too time consuming in the midst of everything else that demands their attention. We used to use these cards to keep up with our friends and relatives. Now we depend on social media.

Is it the gifts? Have we spent as much on couple A as on couples B and C? Did we remember to get a gift for that person? Did they give us one last year? Is a gift card out because it's too impersonal? If we decide to give one, how much should it be for? Our society has become fixated on gifts, without thinking of the Gift we've all received.

At Christmas we celebrate Jesus' birth. Oh, I know that it probably happened in the summer (let's not get into that right now).  We're celebrating, so take advantage of it. I'm noticing that songs about Santa and snow are replacing traditional Christmas hymns, but they haven't drowned them out completely. In the midst of all this, let me suggest that you stop and consider the reason for the holiday. And thank Him for the best gift of all. I will.

You may wish to check out my guest post at Carrie Schmidt's blog, and register to win a signed copy of my Christmas novella, Silent Night, Deadly Night.


Priscilla Bettis said...

My dad died this past week. I think life has a lot of disappointments, deaths, and a roller coaster of good-and-bad times. This year I am thankful for the gift of my Christian faith because it makes my dad's death "okay." (Not not-sad, but truly okay, know what I mean?)

Richard Mabry said...

Sorry for your loss. I know exactly what you mean. I went through the same thing when my parents died. It was even harder when my first wife died, but--as He always does--God worked to bring good out of what was initially terrible.