Some people (aka me) are Christmas lunatics. Some people are Christmas Scrooge’s and others are somewhere in between.
So last January, being the lunatic I am, I decided that “Christmas” would be my word for the new year and promised to post something once a month that reminded us of the beautiful spirit of the season.
It started out great. Everyone had the cozy Christmas feelings still lingering, but somewhere around April I realized that my post reach was pretty low. People didn’t want to read about a holiday that reminded them of cold and snow anymore. They were done and wanted to focus on warmth and sunshine and summer.
And then, just like that, summer ended and the whole world decided it was time for Christmas again. Forget about the other holidays in between. Stores everywhere have their trees and decorations up and Hallmark has their playlist posted.
Once again our minds start thinking ahead to the most wonderful time of year, and the excitement builds.
Perhaps it’s because we want something beautiful to look for when the world grows dreary. When the trees become barren and the beautiful colors fade.
Christmas holds that enchantment for us.
And maybe deep inside, our human hearts are continually looking for the next thing that will make us happy.
Always looking ahead of today.
That vacation coming up. That long weekend. The warmer weather or sparkling snow. Birthdays or holidays or even retirement.
But what if we stopped looking ahead?
What if we just looked at today?
What if we were able to open a Christmas gift every single day?
Or give one? Psalm 118:24
Here’s the awesome thing.
If we will just open our eyes. If we will just stop focusing on the bad and open God’s gifts of ALL that is good, and my friend~ SO MUCH is good~we would realize that every day can be Christmas. Matthew 7:11.
In turn, we can give some of that beautiful gift to others. A smile. An encouraging word. Your prayers. A hug. Love. John 15:12,17, John 13:34, Ephesians 1:16, Philippians 1:4, Colossians 1:3, 2 Thessalonians 1:3
Christmas is a blend of giving and loving. It’s happiness. It’s coziness. It’s forgiveness. It’s reconciliation. There’s a song in everyone’s heart and a smile on everyone’s lips. Even old Scrooge.
But it’s so much more than that. It’s God. It’s all God. All of those things are God. It’s because of Him alone that we can have that joy unspeakable. 1 Peter 1:8
He is the ultimate gift. II Corinthians 9:15. Romans 5:16, Ephesians 2:8, 4:7, Romans 6:23
One we can be thankful for every single day.
One we can share with the whole world. John 3:16,17
As you go to sleep tonight, pretend for a moment that tomorrow is Christmas. Remember the excitement you had when you were a child. Allow that child like wonder to wash over you as you look forward to the beautiful gifts God has for you to open. Look for them in every tiny moment. Every day.
There’s a little bit of heaven everywhere.
Let the enchantment of Christmas encompass your life, and share that gift with others.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
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