Admit it. You started singing the famous Vince Guaraldi tune from ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ didn’t you? It’s ok. I was singing as I typed.

December is here and 2016 is winding down. Wow this year has flown by. It has seen many changes in our lives. However, this is not to be a year in review blog, so I will refrain from going down that rabbit trail.

I absolutely love Christmas. It is my favorite time of year. I am happy to say that for the first time in ages, our tree was decorated on Thanksgiving Day. (It had almost become an unintentional ritual of throwing it up on Christmas Eve.) The house still needs to be decorated, but we are getting there.

I love Christmas music of all kinds. There are those who cherish the traditional arrangements of old standards, but I tend to gravitate towards some of the newer arrangements while still holding many old standards in high regard. Seriously, Amy Grant’s ‘Tennessee Christmas’ album is still absolutely iconic and one of my favorites.  

Christmas also seems to become one of the most frenzied times of year. Christmas parties, plays, and other events seem to give us something to do every day. All of these things are fun and enjoyable, but if we aren’t careful, they began to take precedence in our lives over the true reason for Christmas.

I know that history tells us that Jesus was almost certainly not born on December 25 (or even in December for that matter), but that isn’t important. What is important is the fact that God became man. He lived among us for 33 1/2 years. He died on a cross and rose from he dead three days later so that all who receive Him can have eternal life with Him. What an awesome story! But it’s more than a story. It’s more than words on the pages of history. It’s an everlasting truth. God loves us!

In the midst of all the hustle and bustle of Christmas, stop! Take a breath. Remember that this time of year is for celebrating His miraculous birth. When we are able to refocus our thoughts and minds on Him, the season becomes less frantic and more reflective.

What are your plans this Christmas?