Not really. But who cares?
Yesterday — with the help of my nice, tall younger brother — I got the lights put up on the ceiling. Finally! Last night, we got the tree decorated. As you can probably see, we believe in waiting to decorate until it’s just almost Christmas (well, I don’t; but my family does). Today, we put up the finishing touches and sent the tubs labeled “Christmas” back out to the barn.
So, am I ready now? Not really. Fortunately for me, my family doesn’t open presents until New Year’s, so I’ve got an extra week to buy gifts. Not to say that I haven’t bought any yet — I have. Really, I have! Actually, I tend to buy Christmas gifts all throughout the year. However, I have not bought all of the gifts that I intend to buy. So, I really do need to get some shopping done some time soon… Well, at least within the next week.
All the shopping, decorating, etc. aside though… There are so many people that all they think about during the Christmas season is how to decorate, what to buy, who to buy for, what to cook, where to go and when, what parties to plan, what parties to attend, and so on. They get all stressed out and get into the “I can’t wait for Christmas to be over” mentality. My 5 yr. old brother keeps asking all of us what kind of gifts he will get. That’s what he thinks Christmas is all about. So, I’ve been trying to remind him that it’s not all about us; it’s all about Jesus. We give gifts to others as a remembrance of the greatest gift ever given: Jesus Christ. If not for the graciousness of God, we wouldn’t be able to exchange gifts. I think my brother is beginning to understand, but is anyone else? Sadly, his mentality is the same as that of so many adults; and these adults are teaching their children to be the same way. I pray that I will never forget what we really should be celebrating during the Christmas season.