Tuesday, December 11, 2012

I am changing my mind about Christmas.

     Christmas is very stressful to me. I have been trying to figure out the scheduling for Christmas. (Our schedule is a little weird since we have 2 ministers in the family) Everyone is running around buying gifts and decorating their house. I am not good at either one of these things. I fret over every gift I buy. I wonder if they are going to like the gift I give them or is it something that will end up in the next garage sale. As I hold that shirt from Penny's in my hand I wonder if the person receiving it will know how much they really mean to me. As I spend many hours shopping, wrapping , and cooking (ok, maybe not cooking) will it really be worth it? Some times I wish that this was the olden days where you received an orange and a peppermint stick and you felt blessed.
     This past week I made a decision to not get out the Christmas tree. Our kids are not going to be able to come to our house for Christmas and I knew Tim really didn't care if we had a tree or not. I hung a wreath on the door, put a Poinsettia on the table and sat the nativity on the hearth and called it done. I  just wanted to get the season over with so life could get back to normal. I wanted Christmas to move by quickly with no thought needed. I was almost successful until this past weekend when we had friends over and they started looking at the nativity.  I explained that Tim had gotten it from the Holy Lands when we were first  married. They  admired the beauty and the simplicity of the nativity. They saw something that I took for granted. But you know I was not yet ready to give up my simple,don't think, easy Christmas. I hung on to that until Monday morning when I sat down to read my daily devotional. The title of the devotional was "Fighting for Joy". The devotional talked about how we have let our negative mind take over the joy of Christmas.(You know me Negative Nelly)  I realized that I had let all the trappings of Christmas take away from my joy of Christmas. I had forgoten that the world changed at Christmas.  The Savior was born.
     This week as you prepare for this holiday season. Stop and take a minute to think about why you are doing the things you are doing. Ask your self if you have lost sight of the purpose of the season. If you have renew your mind and focus on the nativity. REMEMBER THE REASON FOR THE SEASON.

Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind
Romans 12:2

1 comment:

  1. So..... are you putting up your tree now? Lol! You are not negative, well, not all that much anyway. You are a realist! Thanks for sharing!