After an extra-long weekend filled with turkey, pie, football (on television), basketball (college game streamed on my laptop), very little shopping, and some teenaged Birthday celebrating, I’m more than ready for our regular routines again.
However, ’tis the season when the blessings…and the stress…overflow. Why? Because my to-do list between Thanksgiving and Christmas also includes two Birthday celebrations and some annual guardianship paperwork in addition to the usual shopping, wrapping, decorating, and baking leading up to Christmas.
It’s so easy in the middle of the chaos to lose sight of this important truth: God is the source of all the things I’m thankful for (see last week’s blog for the list) and the Giver of all gifts yet to come. For example, the money we’ll spend on presents or the ingredients for those traditional sweets comes from income earned by using the skills and abilities God gave in a setting where He opened doors for employment.
So, fresh off my too-long list of things to be thankful for, I’m making an effort to keep the true Gift Giver front and center this upcoming Holiday season. After all, not only did God give the skills and talents that lead to income, presents, houses, decorations, and travel…but God gave His Son to the Earth to live among us and show us the way back to relationship.
It’s that simple. And that profound.
All the good things in life come from above. Light from the sun, moon, and stars. The gentle rains. Wisdom. Hope. Peace. Love.
All I have to do is be open to receive them.
What about you? How do you keep your sanity during the countdown to Christmas? Are you a shop-early planner or a last-minute rusher? What traditions do you have to keep Jesus in the center of Christmas?