You may have noticed my lack of posting this month. Just as with everyone else, December gets busy, so to maintain my peace during the holidays, I must carefully manage my time. Unfortunately, that has meant infrequent blogging.
There is another reason for my lack of posting, though. I often get disillusioned by what Christmas has become, so the days leading up to Christmas can start feeling like more of a challenge than a delight, for a number of reasons:
shopping, bargains, busyness, parties, wrapping, decorating, mailing, cards, cooking, planning, appointments, commitments, deadlines, to-do lists, activities, expectations, programs, productions, traveling,…….STRESS!
My struggle is in not allowing these reasons steal the simplicity of celebrating Christ’s birth. Otherwise, I lose my joy and teeter toward apathy toward the season overall.
I start looking and acting like a Scrooge. Shocking, I know!
Deep down, I am not a Scrooge, though. I absolutely love the true purpose of Christmas. But somewhere along the way, the blessedness of the season has diminished. My challenge (and I doubt that I am alone) is to avoid the trappings that steal the joy found in the Christ of Christmas.
The secret is in finding every way possible to get off the Christmas-frenzy train and stay in the peace-filled presence of the King who was born in a manger.
I wish that it were easy. Since I am a Martha, though, it is always a struggle. The enemy makes sure of that. Yet there are ways to practice the simple wonder of the Savior’s birth.
In the next few weeks leading up to Christmas, I will share some things I have found beneficial. I would also love to hear stories from you, of ways you keep the focus on Christ during the holidays.
Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.