I’m thinking about Christmas this morning.
Maybe because it snowed Saturday, or because I purchased our first Christmas gift over the weekend.
I love Christmas.
I love it in June, I love it today (yes, even before Thanksgiving), I love it all year long.
I heard a beautiful rendition of “Mary, Did You Know?” last week, and my heart about melted. Video is below.
There are many reasons I love Christmas, but the main one? Immanuel.
Immanuel: God with us
This is me, and as far back as I can remember, I’ve been this way.
So, just because I sometimes decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving, that makes me wrong?? That makes me love and appreciate Thanksgiving less? I love Thanksgiving too, and my intent is certainly not to skip over it.
I’ll never forget a few years ago, the weekend before Thanksgiving we finished our Christmas decorating, and I shared my excitement on Facebook. I received mixed comments, but the one I remember the most is, “You can’t do that. It’s not Thanksgiving yet.”
I can’t do that?? Really??
Just because this person chooses to decorate after Thanksgiving, that doesn’t mean I have to.
Christmas happens in the heart.
I choose to believe in the miracle of Christmas all year long. The miracle of God coming down to dwell with us, His people. The miracle of Baby Jesus, the Savior of the world, born to a virgin in the most humbling way, in a stable.
Why wouldn’t I want to celebrate that every day, all year long? Why wouldn’t I want to decorate to celebrate my Savior’s birth, even if it is before Thanksgiving??
Yes, Christmas has become terribly commercialized, and it saddens my heart that the focus of this special holiday is put on less important matters. The beautiful celebration of Immanuel, has become filled with stress, debt, unrealistic expectations, and finding the perfect gift and going to extreme ways to get it.
My prayer is for this year to be different. My prayer is for us to return to Immanuel. To return to the miracle of Christmas.
May we begin to prepare our hearts today.
And really, it doesn’t make a difference when we decorate, or if we do at all.
What matters is Immanuel.
Merry Christmas, my friend.
It’s a blessing to link up with Holly Barrett for Testimony Tuesday.
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