and it’s Christmas…

Wow, every year on the 25th December Christmas comes around, and on the 26th December I know that in 364 days I am going to do it all over again….so, how is it that I get surprised that its here so quickly? What a surprise – not! I think it comes down to the age old thing of taking things for granted. I take for granted that I have time to prepare because, hey, I have a whole year…and so I put it off and put it off, then suddenly Christmas is here…again!
Well, now that we know I am not prepared for Christmas, its a good time to look at what Christmas means. Having tired a long time back of the commercialism of it all, I focus on relationships and experiences these days. Last week I went to Handel’s Messiah, which over the last few years has become a bit of a family tradition. I will spend time with friends and family. I have checked the TEAR website to plan for the gifts (I use http://www.usefulgifts.org/) and also wrapped some framed photos for loved ones. I have planned some delicious but simple foods, and stocked up on some drinks and snacks. I went along to a fantastic Carols by Candlelight on Sunday night, and I plan for church on Friday morning. Jesus, the reason for the season…the Christ who came to live among us…
This year as I have been surprised by Christmas, I have been equally surprised by some of the blessings in my life. So, as I celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, I have much to be grateful for. Christmas is a time to thank God for all that He has given, to remember His grace and mercy…and to share that good news.
If you are rushing toward Christmas with an overwhelming sense of drowning in the stuff to do, or you are ambling with calm and preparedness, I hope that on Christmas day you will be able to find a moment to focus on the reason for the season… Jesus Christ.

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