As we get deeper into the holiday season, around the same time every year I tend to find myself becoming more stressed.
Because there seems to be an endless amount of things to do and so very little time to get them done, such as: Christmas gift buying; shopping for the perfect outfits for the holiday parties; attend several holiday parties; decorate the house, inside and out; attend festivities such as Christmas concerts and outdoor holiday church functions with the kids; get pictures taken with Santa (although I am envisioning the same screaming fest I witnessed last year when my then one year old was forced to sit on the lap of a white haired old guy in a flashy red suit); more shopping, more decorating, more holiday gatherings; and of course holiday cooking and eating, eating, eating!
This evening, as I was placing decorations around the house with my kids, my mind couldn't stop racing about all the things needing my attention and all the events happening this week (i.e. this weekend alone there are two holiday parties and a Christmas concert my husband and I are suppose to attend. Not to mention my teenage son was invited to attend three parties of his own). One of the last decorating items I pulled from the storage box was my nativity scene I usually place on the center of my coffee table each year. As I arranged the Wise Men figurines, then Mary, Joseph, the Angel, and lastly the figurine of the baby Jesus...I was suddenly reminded of what the holiday season is all about!
Being a Christian, of course I am consciously aware of what Christmas is all about. However, sometimes during the hustle and bustle of things, my mind tends to slip and drift into what Christmas has become (i.e. endless sea of commercialism). And sometimes the Lord will send me a little reminder telling me that, "Jesus is the reason for the season!"
So through a simple nativity figurine set, I was reminded tonight that the season is not about shopping and gifts, attending holiday functions, or decorating. But it is about the Messiah, Christ...God's gift to us! I thank God for His little reminders!
Do you find yourself sometimes having to be reminded of what the season is all about?
Let's celebrate, but not forget why we are celebrating...Jesus Christ was born!
T Denise Clary