Ahhh the lovely Christmas season! The time of year many folks get overly stressed on getting the right gift for everyone on their list. Stressed about budgets being off track because of the extra expenses this time of year. I often ask myself How is it that we don’t remember that this holiday comes the same day every year and why don’t I plan for it ahead of time? Is that what Christmas is all about for us? It’s not a wonder that depression begins to set in come January for many of us. Not quite sure how I managed to do a stress free Christmas this year, despite spending much time making gifts this past month. I guess I just decided that stress was not worth it so I didn’t worry about it. All projects got done and wrapped, except for a few small projects that I will do today and tomorrow—simple quilting projects that I am sure will be enjoyed by the recipients and definitely enjoyed by the quilter–me!
The biggest joy of having a stress free Christmas is it has given me more time to think about the reason for the season–the birthday of our savior, Jesus Christ. How often, among all the hustle and bustle of the season, do we take the time to reflect on what it means to us. Do we take the time to remember his birth? to thank God for sending his son to earth because he loves us so much? On Christmas morning, before we begin to open all the gifts, will we take time to read the Christmas story in Luke 2 with our family and to remember it is His birthday? Do we have a gift for Jesus? As my pastor has said many times, how would we like it if it was our birthday and gifts were given to everyone except us?
We have a wonderful tradition in my church of giving gifts to Jesus, whether it be some item we have noticed we need in our church or money for money for missions or for purchase of items needed. The packages are placed under the Christmas tree and the Sunday evening after Christmas, they are opened by the little children in our church. It’s a great lesson and reminder that it is His birthday.
Pastor shared a great verse with us yesterday that, as he said, sums up the Christmas story in a sentence–1 John 4:14 14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
Le’s remember that verse and the story of Christ’s birth this season and share it with others! Wishing you all a Christ-honoring Merry Christmas! I love you all, my blogging friends all over the world!