The season of Christmas is upon us. I look forward to this time expectantly. It’s a time of family, friends and traditions:
- Baking with my daughter;
- Sending out Christmas cards;
- Going to the Christmas tree farm to find that perfect tree;
- Sitting on the couch with my husband watching our kids decorate the tree;
- Watching Christmas movies with my family, the same ones we have been watching for the last 20 years together; and
- Gathering with friends.
I begin looking forward to Christmas in the middle of October, by then I just can’t contain my excitement. I begin wrapping presents and planning out my Christmas baskets. I figured everyone felt the same way I did – boy was I wrong.
In September I saw a FB status that said “less than 90 days until Christmas, how does this make you feel?” I was shocked by how many people responded: disgusted, makes me want to puke, sick to my stomach, I don’t even want to think about it, UGH. I felt compelled to comment:
“How sad it must make Jesus that His approaching birthday makes many people disgusted or sick. Jesus’ birthday was never meant to cause people to stress or go broke buying gifts. The gift of Christmas is that our Savior was born. It’s a time to spend with family and friends. It’s not about buying gifts or spending money. “
It’s time to change our perspective and embrace the truth of what this season is about. Was Jesus born so that people will max out their credit cards buying gifts that most of us don’t need? Was His birth ordained by God so that we lay awake at night stressing what to buy for our children?
This year our son, who recently moved out, asked to go with us to pick out the Christmas tree. He has never gone with us to get the tree before, so I was very happy that this year he decided to join us. On the way to get the tree, he made a comment to us “I felt left out last night when I saw on FB that you were watching Christmas movies. That’s why I wanted to come with you to get the tree; I didn’t want to feel left out.” I responded “Why did you feel left out? We watch Christmas movies every year and you never wanted to watch with us. Same with the tree, we go every year and you have never cared to go with us before.” Our son said with a changed perspective “It wasn’t important before when I lived at home.”
Several years ago we changed two things about Christmas:
- Gifts are bought with cash only – NO CREDIT CARDS!!!
- Each of us gets three gifts that reflect the three gifts Jesus received at His birth. If it’s good enough for Jesus, it’s more than good enough for us.
Christmas has become so much more for us as a family, the focus is not on the gifts but our traditions, our time together and memories. And the added benefit is we don’t dread the mail come January.
How can you and your family change your perspective about Christmas? What is a new tradition you would like to begin with your family?
“‘8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. 12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill towards men.'”
“…And that’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”
I am delighted to have my dear friend, Veronica Herzing, sharing with us today. We met for the first time at She Speaks. God has truly blessed me by bringing her into me life. Be sure to take the time to thank her for sharing her heart with us today. To find out more about Veronica, check out her blog, www.veronicaherzing.com