Merry Christmas. Early. Yeah, I know that it is still a few weeks away but down here in North Carolina we received an early Christmas present. We got an early snowstorm that dropped around 10 to 12 inches on us. It’s just God’s way of telling school teachers, “You’ve worked way too hard this year, so take a few day off.” Gotta love it.
Even if we have to make it up, it was good time off. I did grade a few papers but also started cleaning up and organizing our upstairs. I got the Christmas tree up and Allie helped me decorate it. Our stockings are already hung by the fireplace and the manger scene is lit in front of the house.
Tradition is a big part of life. If you try to break tradition, lots of people get really upset. But hey, if it works, why change it. We have a 9 ft. artificial tree that we picked up about twelve years ago. It’s old but still looks very real. A few years ago we decided to buy a smaller tree, about 6 ft. Everyone we looked at looked so fake. We even ordered one and had to send it back.
Sometimes we tend to lose sight of what Christmas is all about. It’s about giving, not receiving. It’s about providing money for a decent Christmas dinner for a family whose dad lost his job. Maybe it’s about learning that a family can’t afford to buy gifts, and your Sunday school class picks up gifts for all the kids. Maybe watching your daughter save her money all year to buy gifts for another child her age who lives in a poor neighborhood.
Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus. God loved us enough to send his Son to save us. He was given humble beginnings and died as a sacrifice on a cross. For us. All of us. Talk about a gift. It is difficult to imagine a love so great. It hard not to tell people about it.
I may not be politically correct, but I know what I believe.
Whether you believe or not, whether you celebrate Christmas or something else, I pray that this holiday season brings you much joy and happiness. Blessings to all.