i sit down to post and realize that the clever poems that i think could be composed are not coming to me.
the words of ‘the presents are all ready and the food is completely prepared’ would be false.
the thing of ‘we have sent all our Christmas cards and packages in plenty of time’ would also be misleading.
but, you know…..
i sit here today thinking of the fuss and busyness and fanfare that is made of Christmas and i honestly have mixed emotions.
i enjoy it, the fuss and festivities and such.
it’s great fun to get fancied up and eat fine foods with friends and family.
it’s somehow invigorating to deck the halls and prepare for guests.
it’s truly a blessing to be able to share gifts and cards and such things with those i love and care about.
somehow, someway, i think it should be done on more days than just December 25th.
because really, the whole thing of celebrating the Christ in Christmas should be all year, everyday, in all ways.
you know, i think about why i do what i do at Christmas, and i think about Christmases past and wonder….
i wonder what my children will remember.
i wonder if anyone will find blessing in the cards and gifts in any days beyond Christmas Day.
i wonder how many lives will truly be touched for eternity by the life i live on each and every day of the year because of what Christmas Day means to me.
i wonder if my children will grow up and recall the real meaning of why we celebrate this great holiday when they recall the Christmases of their childhood.
there seems so many reasons for simplifying Christmas and i’m not just talking about less presents or cards.
reasons like: if we’d simplify the materialistic efforts of the day and focus on sharing Christ through sincere love…..wouldn’t it have more lasting effects?
wouldn’t it mean more to the unsaved around me to reach out to them in small, consistent ways throughout the year when i see and realize true needs, instead of offering them a basket of fruit or a plate of cookies right before the holiday?
wouldn’t my husband and children benefit more from my slowing down and loving on and for them in more intentional ways than they will from a toy or gadget stuffed in a stocking?
wouldn’t my church and other fellow-Christ believing friends realize my care and concern in more raw and sincere ways if i stood in the gap for them when i can throughout the week instead of just passing a card and small gift their way?
i don’t know…..
it’s not like i’ve arrived in any of these things.
in fact, as i type this, i’m pricked in my conscience of areas where i lack in huge ways.
i’m sobered by the fact that some of the things i intended to do for and with people have not been realized because of being swept up in the ‘busyness’ of the ‘season’.
it’s good to have a season to celebrate and be aware of Christ’s birth.
but, i think, no, i know, that for me, this ‘season’ needs to last longer than the month of December.
even if it’s just in little ways.
because, really, the little things Do add up.