THIS IS NOT MY TREE!!!!!!!!!!
I love that song. I know, I know, you're humming it in your mind right now aren't you??
And I love Christmas time. It IS the most wonderful time of the year. But I have to admit that, at my house, it really doesn't look ANYTHING like Christmas.
I don't have my Christmas tree put up yet. I don't have any decorations put out at all. I have to be honest and tell you that we left our outdoor lights up last year, but I haven't found the really long extension cord I need to plug them in so, no outdoor lights yet.
I actually have purchased some Christmas presents. HOORAY!!! But, I don't have anything wrapped.
So in that sea of beautifully decorated houses, and gorgeously wrapped gifts we see every day in magazines and on blogs, let me be a little bit of reality for those of you who, like me, may not have everything all together.
I know we know this in our head, but may I remind your heart, Christmas is about Jesus. Yes, we decorate our houses and we cook lots of yummy food and we buy presents and we try to make this the perfect time of year. But in the midst of all that work, please pause to remember, there was no tree in the stable where He was born. The only light was the star shining above Bethlehem. There was no feast to honor Him at His birth. But the angels sang, and spoke those words about the only birth that brought hope to the world "Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people . . . "
That is what Christmas is all about. So chill out about the tree, and the presents, and the lights, and the food, and remember that Jesus IS the reason for the season!