Putting it away?

Mrs. Pastor Bill put away all the Christmas deco last night. Something about that exercise makes me a little sad but, as she reminds me every January without fail, “If we leave the decorations up all year, they won’t be special anymore.” Have I ever told you how wise my Kimy is?
The twinkle of the lights, the glint of the shiny tree ornaments, the smell of the cinnamon scented pine cones and the brightly colored cards of wishes and affection are all packed up and ready to make the holiday season “special” next year. I guess that means everything is getting back to normal. Routines are in motion and daily tasks are back on schedule. But… Does that mean we pack away everything special? Does that mean we pack away our warm feelings of the Nativity along with the small ceramic figurines we set out on a living room table? The reason we celebrate Christmas in the first place is to remember that a Savior is born, to give thanks to God the Father for sending God the Son. In a Christians life, we simply need to remember the Nativity and those special feelings of Christmas come flooding back! Whenever we watch a football game on tv and see John 3:16 scribbled on a banner, we experience Christmas. Whenever we hear a sermon on the life of Jesus, we experience Christmas. Every time you open a birthday present or Anniversary gift, you experience Christmas. In fact, James tells us that, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (1:17). So today, as you begin to get back to normal, remember that does not mean you have to pack away Christmas until next year.

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