He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. ~Roy L. Smith
Why do I have more fun decorating my fireplace than I do my Christmas tree?? Why do I have a new camera and I still take blurry pictures?? Why do people say they're full of the Christmas spirit and still can't stop COMPLAINING!??
Remember when you were young, you always heard, "If you write X-MAS it's like taking the Christ out of Christmas!"? I'm not a kid anymore and I still feel overcome with GUILT when there's not enough room in my checkbook to write "Christmas" and I have to write "x-mas". Seriously, I look up to Heaven and apologize - for writing an X in my checkbook!! I picture the Lord with a look on his face like, "Seriously? You think I'm that petty?" Does anyone else feel guilty about that or is it just me?
People complain when the Christmas decorations go out right after Halloween and yet, they complain about having so much to do that they can't fit it all in. Why do people get so upset when the decorations go out so early? Christmas music puts me in a good mood and I like seeing the decorations and thinking about church and family and laughter and my favorite Christmas movies ~ seeing the stories come to life. Plus, I start buying a little at a time then and don't wait until the last minute and charge it.
I love the feelings that come with Christmas ~ people have a pep in their step, they feel like giving, and many people that aren't otherwise in church, go back. If you think it's gotten too commercialized, you're probably right. It's up to us who believe in the true spirit to make sure that's what we're spreading and keeping it real...homey. Turning our noses up to all the holiday kooks isn't what God had in mind, or probably calling them kooks either. Something tells me there's one or two things you and I do to which people would turn up their noses. It's not a contest, it's a celebration, whether you do it in a big way or a small way. I don't want us to all be the same ~ that's what makes it wonderful! I still can hardly listen to "Mary Did You Know" without getting teary-eyed, it's my very favorite. Keep the focus of the season ~