It's December 22. Just three days until December 25.
Am I ready for Christmas? No.
I finally got the kids to help me put the decorations on our tree tonight.
There is one measly wrapped present under the tree, and it's for Erin from Blake.
I haven't sent a single Christmas card.
We haven't made Christmas cookies yet.
I haven't freaked out about all of this, but I'm kicking myself for not getting started sooner on the things I could have done weeks ago. Obviously some of this will have to wait until after Christmas next week.
When I went to pick out a background for this week's graphic, I typed "Christmas" into Google images and picked out this pretty picture:
Before I started adding text, I suddenly realized I was making a big mistake.
Pretty Christmas decorations are definitely part of the Christmas celebration, but they are not the best representation of this special holiday.
As a Christian, the nativity scene is the best image for me to use when we focus on Christmas.
Jesus was born in that lowly stable. Mary and Joseph welcomed God to our world in the body of a tiny human baby. That baby grew up and died on a cruel wooden cross to pay for all of our sins. Amazing!
It's nice to put up a Christmas tree...
|See the one pitiful present? It's not all my fault - the kids mostly want money this year.|
sing carols, bake cookies, enjoy the pretty light displays, and exchange gifts with friends and family members, but the most important part of Christmas is worshiping God by focusing on His Son Jesus.
|My Grandma Morrison gave me this nativity scene for Christmas many years ago.|
If we do that, we can have a truly wonderful Christmas, no matter what does or doesn't get done from our to-do lists.
"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1:14 NIV)
Are you ready for Christmas? How can focusing on God help you to relax and enjoy the real meaning of this holiday instead of becoming stressed about getting everything done?
*A few years ago, I wrote a song for Gary and sang it in church for Special Music. Check out my "It Is Well" Christmas Stress Song on Youtube.