Thursday, December 20, 2012

Are you nuts about Christmas?

During this season, society gets nuts.  Frantic nuts. 
Some worrying over who's keeping Christ in Christmas...
Others forgetting this aspect of the word all together.  It doesn't have to be an either/or scenario. 
Dad 'wearing'
his Christmas lights
My Dad was one of the most consciously minded individuals I know when it came to Christ. It was at the forefront of his mind and conversation daily. But he also was the most fun at Christmas.  He loved decorating the yard with blowup snowmen.  He bought goofy stuff (like twinkies and redneck gifts).  He loved the sights and sounds of the season...He loved it all!
My awareness of Christ recurs daily. Yes daily. Therefore I choose to follow my Dad's example and enjoy the many traditions of the season without guilt that we are leaving Christ out. 

From my love of holiday movies to hours of shopping and Starbucks; reading the true story of the Saint we now call Santa and answering 100 little girl questions about Jesus as a baby...this can all be done with a conscious awareness of Who saved me and Who keeps me.

My point? Enjoy this season. ALL of it.  Unlock the magic of the season while you honor your Savior. Stocking stuffers, the bright Star, Frosty, the tree, Rudolph AND baby Jesus. It's all about balance.

It wouldn't hurt to study the origins of Christmas trees, stockings and Saint Nicolas.  Brush up on your knowledge of the birth of Christ (the symbolism and use for the gifts of the Magi is interesting). And when it comes to the non-biblical aspects of this season, judge for yourself what is good and healthy for your family. 

As with anything else, and for those who know me well, life is about consistency and balance.  Moderate your tasks with a little dancing.  I highly recommend singing along to "Sisters" as Bing and Danny show you how to have a little fun.  And give thanks to the Lord for the ability to dance! 

Faith, family and a generous spirit.  Choose what matters. 
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

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