Does it seem to you that Christmas starts earlier and earlier each year? Even in South Africa, where I live. The shops start putting up Christmas mid October because we don’t really celebrate Halloween and there is no Thanksgiving, so I guess they think there is no other reason not to. Personally, I start shopping mid-July because our seasons are opposite and I want to take advantage of the sales. But I do not put up decorations. Actually, since we fly home the first week of December, so we don’t put up any decorations. Kinda sad, but we are so excited about going home to Texas and my kids are in the midst of exams, we don’t really notice.
I want us to stop a minute and think of the first Christmas. It was simple yet the biggest thing to happen in our lives besides the death and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah. In Luke 2 is describes a baby born in a manger and wrapped in swaddling clothes. Yes, definitely something to celebrate! Birth is an amazing experience and one to be celebrated especially the birth of our King. But do we in our own lives overdue it?
Now, I am not saying I am not for gifts and decorations. I love the festive celebrations as much as the next. We have traditions in our family that we won’t go without, but what I am saying is that sometimes we loose sight of the real celebration. Our Jesus Messiah born.
Do we run around getting ourselves all in a tizzy over things that in the end don’t matter. Do we worry about who to get a gift for and then what to get that person? Do we have to have the exact right food? Do we make stress where there should be no stress? I am determined this year to make things as simple as possible. As stress free as possible. Won’t you join me in doing the same?