How will you celebrate the Christmas season? Will you rush from store to store, activity to activity, and errand to errand?
Will your focus be on finding the right Christmas gift for everyone on your list and buying cookies and candy? Will you worry about how soon you can get the Christmas lights up, decorate the Christmas tree, and mail your Christmas cards?
You have a choice on how you will celebrate the Christmas season.
Five years ago, my uncle Arnold died on Christmas Eve. He enjoyed life. He loved to sing and play the guitar. He also played the harmonica. For years, he would play and sing with another one of my uncles. The family reunions on Christmas Eve remain among my precious memories. He also loved to dance. He and my aunt captured the attention of others when they danced.
This year I decided to celebrate the Christmas season by enjoying it as much as possible. I remembered how my only child and I baked Christmas cookies, sang Christmas carols, and reviewed Bible verses about Christ’s birth. We attended the Christmas programs at church and at Bible Study fellowship.
Mama was the “Queen of Christmas.” I think she decorated everything but the plunger in the bathroom. She loved to serve the family homemade Christmas cookies and hot chocolate in the evening. She would get so excited about her gifts under the tree that she would tear a hole in the wrapping paper to find out what she would receive.
Memories of my only child, my mother, and Uncle Arnold remind me that life is a gift, and Jesus Christ came to earth to give me the abundant life. You can find other posts on Christmas at http://www.yvonneortega.com
What will you do this week to celebrate the Christmas season that will be enjoyable to you and your family?
Because life is a gift and you can claim the abundant life, what will you do differently?
Ecclesiastes 11:8: “However many years anyone may live, let them enjoy them all.”
Dear God, help me choose to celebrate the Christmas season rather than to rush through it or wish it were over. Amen.
Copyright © by Yvonne Ortega November 26, 2016