It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around my house.

The lights are up outside and look even better with the white backdrop of Colorado snow on the ground. The tree is decorated and cookies fill the jar (briefly, before being eaten). Presents are purchased and hidden away still awaiting colorful wrapping paper. The stack of cards have (almost all) been addressed and simply wait the annual letter (which I’ll compose after loading this blog post!) Our special clock chimes out a familiar song at the top of each hour.

Things are equally Christmas-y outside our house. Middle school choir concert. Second grade music program. Gift exhanges. Work celebrations. Requests to bring bags for the school’s craft fair and treats for the class parties. The countdown to final exams and Christmas vacation.

It’s a busy and activity-filled season.

In fact, when I think about it, it was a bustling, crowded, chaotic scene when Jesus was born. People traveling across the country to return home (and register with the Roman government for tax purposes). Inns filled to capacity and likely a high demand for goods at the marketplaces. Roads crowded with people and animals. But in the middle of the swirl of activity, God reached down to mankind and showed up in the most unlikely of places. As a baby.

Hmm. Now that I think about it, the more it looks like Christmas around here, the more I need to focus on the things that really matter. Like hanging a metal spike on our tree and reading a special family devotional to remind us of the reason for the season. Gathering together with the family each evening to watch movies like The Nativity, Home Alone and Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer. Letting the kids “help” cut out and decorate cookies.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in my home … and in my heart.

What about you? Does it look like Christmas around you? Does the reason for the season get lost in the stress? How do you keep your focus on the right things?

Looking Like Christmas
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  • December 14, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Thanks, honey, for keeping me centered

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