It is mid October, and my first Christmas catalog arrived in the mail. Honestly, I don’t think there is any other holiday (or even day of the year, for that matter) that compares to Christmas. Our world is transformed before our very eyes. Starbucks brings out their red cups, department stores deck the halls accordingly and neighborhoods light up like landing strips.
What on earth? How did this happen? Think about it. Absurd, isn’t it? Truly wacko. All of this hullabaloo about… what? It certainly doesn’t seem to be about Christ.
Now I cannot free myself from guilt here. Oh no. I love Christmas. I’ll drive out of my way to catch a few houses all lit up with love. I’ll host and attend parties. I’ll even stalk the local calendar for festive events. There is so much to soak up and enjoy. People, parties, food and drink. Truly, these are some of my favorite things.
But what can I do this year to make it more about Jesus? I don’t need to let go of the activities or feel bad about getting a Christmas tree and decorating my home. No, no. I just want to ADD to it more meaning and significance.
I’ve told Honey Dude that I am over-the-moon excited about creating new traditions with him, thinking of Christmas in particular. But I need some ideas! What are some of your Christmas traditions? From food and fun to spiritual elements, please share below. I’m shy on ideas and could certainly use some help brainstorming. Thanks so much. Enjoy the Christmas season… here already. October 15th.