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I’m finding it harder as an adult to get into the Christmas spirit than it was when I was a kid. As a child, I couldn’t wait to decorate the tree, start playing Christmas tunes, and of course there was Christmas morning. I have vivid memories of mornings where my parents had artfully arranged the gifts around the tree the night before. Every Christmas morning was magical.
Now, with divorced parents plus in-laws who want to see us, Christmas is, quite honestly, an energy drainer for me. I actually have begun to loathe the holiday season because it means that I don’t get recharged and get through it feeling more exhausted than before.
I’ve tried to explain this to TMOTH (The Man of The House), but I’m not sure he really gets it. And while I understand his wanting to see family, I’m getting to be of the opinion that that’s what family reunions are for. It’s a drain to watch people open gifts, gorge themselves on too much food, and spend too little time honoring what the season is really supposed to be about: the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Maybe that’s why the season is such a problem for me: we’re focused on the wrong things. Instead of attending a church service together, we gorge ourselves on turkey with the trimmings. Of course none of us visit each others churches since none of us can agree on a church. (My church tends to close down for Christmas anyway, so there are Christmas Eve services–on three nights no less!–but nothing Christmas day.)
This year, let’s try not to be so focused on having the “perfect” dinner, or finding the “perfect” gift for someone. In these rough economic times, it’s best not to feel the added pressure that the season creates anyway. I know my own Christmas giving will be leaner this year. Focus instead on your immediate family. Be thankful–and express it!–to God for sending us His Son. Make a tradition you want to continue in your life. The pastor of my church, after the gift exchange, has a tradition of putting a discarded bow on his head, sitting under the tree, and reflecting on what God has given him as well as what he can give to God. Maybe that’s something you could do as well.
I wish you the happiest of Christmases. I pray you find how truly blessed you are, regardless of how abundant or lean this year may be for you.
Please enjoy this Christmas tune. It’s one of my favorites.
Until next time,