Saturday I was saying to my husband “It just doesn’t feel like Christmas.” He had commented on how warm it has been here in Georgia…last year we had a freeze and this year the kids are playing in shorts and t-shirts outside. But, he also said “Christmas is a state of mind.”
It got me thinking….This year we’ve kept the decorations simple and the Nativity sets didn’t even make it out of their boxes. I’m trying to be focused on the reason for the season and enjoy my family. Our decorations we do have up mean something symbolically though too and we’ve been listening to Christmas music…okay it is the Jusin Beiber Christmas CD…the kids love it and really it isn’t so bad…just tired of hearing it over and over and over and over…you get the picture! We also have traditions like watching our church’s Christmas Devotional the first Sunday in December. We take the annual Christmas Card picture in the fall and send out cards to friends and family. We have mischievous Elves who keep us busy. We make Sticky Rolls for Christmas Morning. We’ve gone Caroling to the neighbors the last few years. We give and receive gifts. We celebrate Santa Claus and enjoying being together as family.
Sunday in church we had a speaker give a great talk about keeping “Christ” in our thoughts during the Christmas Season. He suggested two simple words to remember when the hustle and bustle of the season starts to be loud and blocks our hearing and vision. The two words are “BE NICE.” It was a great reminder that no one will ever be as perfect as our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ but, we can do our part by doing simple things to help us become more like him. After all, isn’t that why we are here on our life journey? We are here to learn and grow to become as close as we can to him. We should be modeling our lives and setting examples for others. We can be nice to those that are grumpy, we can say hello and give the benefit of the doubt to those whose paths we cross.
We need to feel the joy and gratitude for the birth and life of our Savior and what he did for us, not just now but through out the year…we should ALWAYS remember him. I plan to try to keep my family focused on this theme throughout this week and also set new goals for us to remember him better through out the years to come as well.
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