How do you celebrate Christmas?
Christmastime is hands down my favorite time of the year. I am one of those people who cheer for the radio stations when they start playing Christmas music before Thanksgiving and root for the stores that put up Christmas decor when it’s still T-shirt weather outside. (Yes, we exist).
I love the coziness of sipping on hot tea while watching a Christmas Hallmark Movie. Picking out the tree and decorating it to the sound of carols. I love caroling. The concerts, plays, and shows. And most importantly, I love Christmastime because it’s family time. Every year, I looked forward to Christmas Day when we will gather with our 40+ relatives around a long table filled with the most delicious Ukrainian food and eat and sing carols. The joy of this moment is unexplainable.
This year as I was in the midst of planning menus, shopping lists, and to-do’s – I stopped to reevaluate myself.
Loving Christmas because it is the reminder of the birth of my Savior is on my list of reasons but it’s there because it has to be. It’s the right thing to say. It’s the correct answer to the question of why I love Christmas – but is it truly my conviction and my first and foremost joy?!
I began to reevaluate my heart and found that I focus on other aspects of this holiday on a bigger scale than I do to celebrate the greatest Gift ever given.
And so, this year – a week away from Christmas I’m choosing to do things a bit differently.
I choose to spend time with the Lord in prayer seeking His presence. I want this Christmas morning for my thoughts to be consumed with the joy of my salvation. I want every decor and every light to remind me of all the victories He’s brought me to. With each gift that I receive, I want to remember every time He extended His grace and goodness towards me and my family.
And when we gather around the table with our large family I will acknowledge and rejoice in the fact that because Jesus was born, because He chose to die on the Cross, and because He rose from the grave – we will all one day take our places at the Banquet in the Kingdom of Heaven!
I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 8:11
After all, Christmas is not about Family but the Birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ!