I was staring at the greeting cards laying on my table today and the word Christmas was in all of them.
I was not surprised off course because that's the season we are in and wishing people to have a wonderful time through greetings cards is still beautiful, but that simple word made me think.
Christmas , the truth is that I tend to focus more on the second part of that word rather than the first part. Every Christmas, however hard I try or promise myself that I will do better in the coming year’ I strangely end up the same way. Stressed. Rushing. Wishing all was over before it starts.
Here is my December daily rhythm...
Must, so my Christmas without Christ and has become a neverending Must run
Must write the cards, must order the food, must buy and send the gifts, must decorate the home and a big must to not forget presents for people that will be very upset if they don't hear from us.
Isn't that very interesting that we spend more time, money and energy on people that don't really care about us, but they somehow make us feel responsible and guilty?
So, today I stopped even for a little my ’must run’ and thought about Christ, the very reason for this season.
I thought how he doesn't require a card from me for the angels greeted the world with joy about his arrival. No expensive gift either because he is the most precious gift given to us. But time, yes, he desires our time together because he is the only one who can stop the rat race, the 'must' marathon I have signed myself to and give me peace no pressure as my driving force.
With him first and not people pleasing or unrealistic achieving we desire rather than dread the coming of the season, we enjoy rather than wish it to go quickly that 25th of December. When Christmas is celebrated with Christ first not with the Must it accomplishes in us the rest, peace, joy, pleasure and delight we imagine Christmas to bring.
So, I wish and pray that you my dear friend will stop even for a little today and each day that proceeds Christmas and try to get a glimpse of the joy of Christ born during this season. And as you gather with family and friends to celebrate his birth know that you are a gift to me and that I treasure you always.
Thank you and Merry Christmas