I love Christmas. I love the colored lights. I love the movies. I love the music. I love hearing and retelling the story of Jesus birth. I love the general sense of magic that the season holds.
And this year is even more special. It’s my first Christmas as a married woman. It’s my first year shopping for a husband, and I couldn’t be happier than I am now with Brian.
And I want this year to be perfect. I mean, this is the only first Christmas Brian and I will have. I feel like whatever we do this year will set the tone for the rest of our lives. So I’ve written down everything that I want to do this year. I mean, we have to go to the Down Town Holiday Stroll, and the see the Lights at Panther Creek, and go caroling, and see the Awaited Christmas . And since Santa Claus, Indiana is so close we’ll have to take a trip there as well. Oh and I can’t forget to bake Christmas cookies or spend days finding that perfect gift for Brian to open on Christmas morning.
And my list of wants for this Christmas season goes even further than that.
And then I asked myself a question.
What is Christmas really about? What do I really want this year?
And I bet you can guess what that little voice in my head whispered.
Jesus. The Bible tells us exactly what we should be doing during the Christmas season and every day. Worship God. Thank Him for sending us a Savior. Nothing matters but Him. And do you know what? In all of my years reading the Bible it has never once mentioned looking at Christmas lights or A Charlie Brown Christmas? It does, however, say a good deal about the light of the world and what He has done for you and me.
This was quite a revelation to me. Last week Brain took me to Hallmark and patiently waited while I searched through all the ornaments, multiple times, to find the perfect first Christmas Ornament for us. The one I finally picked is a Precious Moments couple. The happy couple is staring straight ahead, holding a 2015 Christmas ornament, and wrapped up in Christmas lights. They look super happy and that’s how I want to be this year.
My little ornament people are wrapped up in lights. I want to be wrapped up in love. Foremost I want to be wrapped in the love of the one who loved me enough to send His son to Earth to be my Savior. It’s still hard to believe sometimes that God loves me that much but He does. Secondly, I want to be wrapped up in Brian’s love. What does it matter if we rush to every Christmas event but don’t have time to spend together? When you’re wrapped up you can’t move as much but I think that’s ok. I’m bound to my Brian and we’re going to be spending many, many Christmas’ together so I better slow down and enjoy it.
Let’s end with this: What do you want to get out of this Christmas season? I want to slow down and enjoy the season without going overboard. Yes, we’ll still see lights, and watch movies, and sing carols but at the end of the day I will focus my heart and mind on the one who made Christmas possible not the activities I am missing out on.
What’s on your heart today? Stay a while and tell me how you’re doing. The hustle and bustle of the season will still be there when you go, but your heart and mind will be focused on what really matters to you.