In today’s world, we speed through life so fast that we don’t always focus on what’s really important.
The Holiday Season is in the air. Hustle and bustle is in our midst – shopping, decorating, wrapping – planning for the perfect Christmas! I LOVE Christmas, but often the reason we celebrate Christmas gets lost in our to-do lists.
Life today isn’t like it used to be. I grew up in simpler times and yearn to be back there again. The stress of everyday events can be overwhelming. We are so accustomed to the current climate that we don’t always realize how numbed we’ve become. The world has become ugly and we don’t want to get caught up in all that ugliness. We can rise above it by speaking a kind word to someone, let someone ahead of us in line – just reaching out a helping hand.
Maybe it’s time to have an “old-fashioned Christmas”. It’s really not that difficult. Look for some old fashioned values that still exist in this modern world. There are plenty of “old traditions” that would be good to bring back – or make some new traditions that can be handed down. When my children were small, I always baked a birthday cake for baby Jesus on Christmas Eve and baby Jesus in my nativity set didn’t appear until Christmas morning. There are LOTs of ideas out there!
Create a Christmas full of meaning – that touches the hearts of your family and friends. It doesn’t need to be all about presents and festivities, but about making memories and the true meaning of Christmas.
Don’t forget about the Christmas story. I think Luke tells it best!
1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. 2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. 8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men. Luke 2 King James Version (KJV)
We need a little Christmas – a real old-fashioned Christmas in our homes and in our hearts! Choose to shine like the star on top of the Christmas tree, so that those around us will see Christ in us!
Wishing you a blessed Christmas. Enjoy special time with family and friends,
but remember the best gift of all – the gift of God’s Son.
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