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Stealing Christmas

Stealing Christmas

I used to love the Christmas holiday. Truthfully, part of me still does. But I also feel that Christmas is being “ruined”, in a way, by commercialism.

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Christmas has always been my favorite holiday — the family get-togethers, the fires in the fireplace making a home feel cozy, the traditions passed down through the years.

However, with the recent trend of stores, and even individuals, starting to decorate or put out Christmas paraphernalia sometimes even BEFORE Halloween has come & gone, it’s practically “ruining” Christmas! It steals that “magical” feeling that Christmas has always brought — the 2-3 days of celebrating the real reason for the season: Jesus’ birth. When the focus skews toward making sure you buy your presents early, and get your decorations up before everyone else, you lose that “magic”, and you lose sight of what’s really important.

Christmas isn’t about the presents or the decorations. It’s supposed to be a time of celebrating the fact that Jesus came to earth in human form, in order that He might show us how He can relate to all of our human struggles & joys… because now He’s experienced them, too. He came “to save us all from Satan’s power when we were gone astray” — and we shouldn’t forget this.

Perhaps you think that having only a couple of days, or a couple of weeks, to celebrate Christmas just isn’t enough time. But then you have to ask yourself, WHY is that? What has caused your life to be such that you can’t take 2-3 days to rest, and to truly enjoy the time with family? Is it the hectic schedule of running from one get-together to the next? Is it that you work so much, and Christmas is your only time off? Is it that you’ve said ‘yes’ to more than you should?

I, personally, hate the way that the season has become so commercialized. It’s now all about decorating, and what you can/should buy. This is why, despite the fact that the neighbors have their Christmas lights up already (some even had their Christmas trees up as early as the first week in November!), and despite the fact that all around me, people are “prepping” for the season, I will continue to wait until it’s closer to the actual date. I normally don’t put up my Christmas lights (on the house) until after December 1st. And my tree won’t go up until 2 weeks before Christmas.

Join me, won’t you? Let’s bring back the real meaning for this holiday season. Let’s remember to rest, and be thankful for our Savior.

 

Above All Else

Above All Else

I had a dream, last week, that at first I thought was just strange — but it kept niggling at me. So I wrote down the details of it in my journal; and all-of-a-sudden, I saw meaning within it.

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In my dream, I was in the backyard of a house out in the countryside. Someone was with me, but it wasn’t clear who it was. The yard was littered with large gemstones, some buried beneath the surface of the earth, some poking through. There were also some large sea shells. I was crawling around the grass, collecting as many of the crystal gems as I could; there were so many that my arms couldn’t contain them… they were spilling over. I felt like I was in a rush to grab as many as I could take with me. All these crystal gems were probably a good 5 lbs each…

Strangely, I also uncovered 3 small statues of Jesus (each only about a foot tall). But I didn’t collect those — I just left them where they were. I was more interested in grabbing the stones.jesus-1237286_1280

When I wrote all of this out in my journal, God gave me insight into the possible meaning of all of this.

I so often chase things, in life, that aren’t really important — not in the grand scheme of things, anyway (not in God’s opinion). I chase material things, people, experiences… but, how often do I chase after God? Isn’t He supposed to be the only thing worth chasing?

God seemed to be saying to me that I need to chase after my relationship with Him — above all else. Everything I need can be found in Him alone.

Colossians 3:11 says, “…Jesus is all that matters…”

As Tsh Oxenreider wrote, in the article I shared last week, “…life will be richer when the things that really matter have more wiggle room.