It’s December 4th and for most of us our Christmas preparations are in full swing.
The calendar is filling up and with it the panic is starting to set in. How am I going to get everything done in three weeks.
THREE WEEKS! Are you kidding me?
Stop. Before we hyperventilate let’s ask ourselves an important question…
Why do I celebrate Christmas?
Of course you know I had to do a Google search to find out what others had to say about it. And I found:
Why do we celebrate Christmas on December 25th?
Should Christians Celebrate Christmas?
Why do we celebrate Christmas?
Is it wrong to celebrate Christmas?
I found it interesting that I didn’t see any personal answers. I’m not curious about why December 25th was chosen or whether someone else thinks celebrating the holiday is appropriate, I want to know the emotion behind the celebration.
Yes, I’m a Sanguine. I want to know the emotional reason behind everything.
But seriously, why do you invest so much in this time of the year. Why do you shop, bake, decorate, and celebrate?
Do you do it:
- to impress your friends?
- to make memories for your children and grandchildren?
- to keep up with the neighbors?
- because you enjoy it?
- because it’s tradition?
- because it’s expected?
- because everyone else celebrates?
In all the years I’ve celebrated Christmas I don’t believe I’ve ever asked myself . . . why?
Sure, I know it’s the celebration of Jesus’ birth, but does what I do really celebrate Him? I wonder—am I doing Christmas the way I do for Him or for me?
I don’t think Jesus cares if I decorate the perfect tree, throw the perfect party, in the perfect outfit, with the perfect presents for the perfect guests.
What if I want to give the perfect presents because I want to be appreciated more than because I love?
Tough questions aren’t they? I want to look way in past the surface activity to the why and that isn’t easy especially at this time of the year . . . when slowing down for even a minute is unthinkable.
But that’s what I’m going to do. Want to join me?
My goal is to celebrate Christmas in ways that celebrate Jesus. Realizing that Jesus, born of a teenage mother in far less than a beautifully decorated setting, I don’t believe all the trappings we include are important to Him. So what is..?
For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus… What is important is faith expressing itself in love. Galatians 5:6
Everything including Christmas is about living faith and showing love.
Beyond that it’s just stuff.
So I’m sitting down with my list and removing anything that isn’t about faith and/or love.
“This is Christmas: not the tinsel, not the giving and receiving, not even the carols, but the humble heart that receives anew the wondrous gift, the Christ.” ~Frank McKibben
So the Word became human and made His home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen His glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son. John 1:14
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