I don't know about you but I am so excited for Christmas - it is totally my favorite time of year for so many reasons. The past few mornings right when the alarm clock goes off I roll over and say to my husband "Only __ sleeps left till Christmas" And he just smiles (he doesn't get as excited as I do) I have been thinking this year a lot about the holidays and how they affect me and the way the world views them (the holidays). I love the holidays for the obvious reasons like the time spent with family, all the good Christmas goodies and food, I love receiving gifts and trying to guess what people bought me but more than that I love buying and giving gifts. For myself I give myself a budget of how much I will spend on each person and then I try not to go over it but its so hard cause I just love buying my loved ones things to show them tangible how much I love them. I am reminded that this season is all because of Him. He is the season!! We often hear especially in Christian settings that "Jesus is the reason for the season" but the truth is Jesus is the season... for without his infant birth their would be no season. We see in his birth the greatest gift of love for He (Christ) entered our earth story so we can find ourselves in His love story. What a Christmas gift is that!
We can not ignore the fact that this Christmas their will be some celebrating maybe without a loved once present or maybe with heavy hearts due to illness or financial burdens, maybe job loose but no one this Christmas should be celebrating without Hope. My prayer this Christmas is that I find Christ in a new and real way in my own life that I don't forget the truth and grace found in His birth and what my life has because of that birth.
Yes I am exhausted - it feels like this fall and especially November and December have been busy months for me but I have joy. Yes I am excited for 2010 and yet there is that sense of mystery as to what God has in store for me in the new year. There is a peace I have that even in the busyness of this week that peace is calming. Lets remember the Season for what it is and may we in turn shine Christ's love and the hope He gives to everyone around us.
Merry Christmas to you and your families and may your holidays be ever blessed!