Christmas to me is all about the season. Not just one day, December 25th.
It’s a frame of mind.
Giving. Loving. Being of good cheer.
Thinking back on this past Christmas season, I found myself analyzing my own activities. I listened to Christmas carols every day in my car. I made a Christmas list and shared it online. I filled an Operation Christmas Child shoebox, dropped some spare funds in the Salvation Army pot a few times, and helped out a family that is struggling through another’s outreach. I exchanged gifts with several friends and colleagues. I gazed at Philbrook’s spectacular Garden Glow. I walked around Rhema and enjoyed the massive light display and the people doing the same. I even witnessed Christmas lights in good old southern charm. I kissed under mistletoe. I attended a festive holiday scarf exchange with those I work with. I wore my pajamas to work like in Polar Express. I watched Christmas movies with my grandchildren and daughters. I watched countless Hallmark Christmas flicks when this winter’s crud had me up all night coughing. I went to church with a dear friend. I drank holiday coffee with another. i wrote numerous blogs on the topic of Christmas.
But what did I really do to make the season bright? That made a difference. I feel like all I did was go through the motions. Something was missing.
I did not put up a manger this year! There was no baby Jesus lying in the manger. 😦
When my children were young, each of them loved to take baby Jesus from His designated place in the manger and carry Him around with them. I’d find Him in the strangest of locations, left by young hands. Bathrooms, toy boxes, beds, dishwasher compartments. Sometimes it was spring before He resurfaced. But He always did. To such delight! No elf on a shelf or Waldo needed in our house to go searching for!
That’s kind of how it is with Christ. He has a designated place, but we can take Him with us wherever we go. And you never know when His presence will appear unmistakably. And it does now and always will offer such delight when we find Him!
Let’s all leave Christ in Christmas! Let’s open our hearts and our hands and hold Him close just like little children. Let’s carry Him around with us wherever we go, not just leave Him in the manger. After all, He is the reason for the season!
Merry Christmas to you all!
I love you!
And I know without a doubt,
Jesus loves you too! ♡
6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Love and laughter,