It’s that most wonderful season of the year! Yes, the lights are out, the tree is up, and the metroplex is in a near panic of shopping and travel.
Did I mention the lights are up?
I have a love hate relationship with this time of year. I won’t necessarily claim all of the normal arguments, other than to say there are a number of good and right things that get taken to far (ya know food, spending, and bad pop Christmas music).
“Someone Check Focus on That Lens”
A lot of people will set out to “reclaim” Christmas this year for various purposes – chiefly church and family. And yet many of these people are just as bogged down in all the other activities. My take is, it’s not about reclaiming (which means you’ve lost something altogether), but refocusing.
First for Christians should always be to refocus on Christ. One thing I love about The Village is the Advent series they teach every year. The sermons are always new , but the theme is always the same. Look at the hope in Christ first-coming, celebrate his birth and works, and take hope in knowing he will come again.
After that, we have a simple need to refocus on family. I think the misconception here is that we are focused on our family when we’re actually not. We’re focused on getting things for our family, and making trips to go see family, but how often are we actually tuned in to family and friends themselves?
Speaking of family, you could take time to do things like this together.
The Things I Love
At the end of the day, this is one of my favorite times of year. There are so many fun activities, Christmas lights, and good food. I’ve come to see the importance of prioritizing this time of year.
And more importantly I’ve come to see the importance of intentionally getting rest this time of year. The parties I enjoyed the least we’re the ones I was most tired at. And of course you can’t catch Santa in the act if you can’t stay awake.
But if I’m well rested, I can enjoy some of my favorite things (listed in no particular order), such as:
- Christmas lights
- Parties with good friends
- Candy canes
- Christmas cookies
- Hot cocoa
- Funny Santa hats
- Christmas lights
- Funny pictures of reindeer
This is the short list.
Yet none of these are possible without the Lord, and they are only best enjoyed with family and friends.
Merry Christmas Everyone
And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke2.10-11 ESV