It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year!

Everywhere you turn you see Christmas cheer. Decorations are going up, multi-colored lights and inflatables appear in every other yard, and dollars are flying out of wallets and purses quicker than you can sing “Glory to the Newborn King.” You hear Christmas music playing through your…radios. (Don’t roll your eyes! I don’t know what kind of method you use to listen to holiday music.)

However it happens, the season seems to go to extremes. It either promotes excitement and joy or depression and resentment. It also appears that the distance between the two seems to get shorter every year

I remember a much more relaxed time. (No, I’m not a hundred). Shopping for gifts was fun with your friends; you sat down and watched Christmas specials with your family; there were Christmas programs in the schools and churches. Not anymore, though. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to find time to do any of these things. Shopping? I find myself looking at Amazon for gifts that can be delivered. Programs? I resent having to go to holiday musicals when I should be home cleaning the house. TV specials? There was a special?

It’s work, work, work. No time for rest.

To accommodate this lifestyle, the world is changing. Stores are putting an emphasis on shopping online. Some are even closing their brick and mortar stores in favor of an online presence. My daughter fell victim to that very situation, losing her job here at Christmas time. I wonder if other areas of the world are experiencing the same economic shift.

Can we slow down and take a breather?

Is that even allowed? Come on now. Let’s be honest for a few minutes. There are some things in life that we have no control over, and there are some things that we do. I think that most of the chaos of the season is more than likely self-inflicted, don’t you? If we’re completely honest with ourselves, I think we can all agree that we load our schedules with more activities than necessary.

It doesn’t take long for us to stop enjoying family and friends, the simple pleasure of wrapping gifts, and sipping a cup of coffee while snuggling under blanket in the dark to watch Alistair Sim play Scrooge in Dickens’  A Christmas Carol. (Okay, you can sip hot tea or hot chocolate or wassail, but I’m having coffee.)

Why do we have to march to the beat of the world’s drum? As a believer, I want to enjoy this time and truly celebrate the Reason for the Season. I reflect on the fact that God loved me so much, He sent his Son to die for my sins. I just want to think about Mary holding that tiny baby in her arms–her son–God’s Son.

How did she react?

Do you think she counted his toes, examined his fingers, kissed his head? Do you think that Joseph looked at this infant that wasn’t his flesh, but the Son of God and wondered why God chose him to help raise His son? Did he feel he wasn’t ready? Was Mary full of joy and wonder while Joseph worried how he was going to provide for the Son of God? I wonder things like this. And now I want to relax with a cup of coffee and visit with my family.

Are you ready to celebrate this season? Will you choose to slow down and spend time with the Baby Jesus this year and celebrate His birthday? Life is mostly about choice. Will you choose to look at the manger and see what the baby has for you? I hope you will.

God bless you in this Christmas time and keep you all through the new year.

The story of Christmas

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Luke 2:8-20 (NIV)

11 comments on “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year!

  1. Jackqualine E Mckenzie

    December 14, 2019 at 7:42 am Reply

    Robin I loved it I shared it and ask people to please read. We need to slow down and enjoy this wonderful time of the year.

  2. Robin-thank you for sharing the message of Jesus and why we are celebrating his birthday!! I love the Christmas lights decoration you placed around your home. I don’t think nothing was missed with your father helping your family like he always do every year.

  3. I already said what I think but I didn’t get signed up . My fingers took over.
    You are awesome
    Merry Christmas

  4. My very first comment didn’t go through. My fault.
    I think you nailed it. As I get older it saddens me how Christmas is all about presents.
    Thank you for reminding me about what Christmas really means.

  5. Thanks for reminding me to slow down to reflect on true meaning of Christmas!

  6. Very well explained! Christmas is becoming so commercialized and we’re so busy, that the true meaning of Christmas is getting lost, even though it’s never changed. I miss the Christmas from my childhood…we need to spend more time with Jesus.

    Thank you for this insightful read, and Merry Christmas!

  7. Cassandra Owsianiecki

    December 14, 2019 at 1:02 pm Reply

    This blog was right on point! I was thinking the very same thing regarding this special time of the year. I remember just a few months ago just thinking how much I was looking forward to the Christmas season this year. I believe the main reason for that is because of the nostalgia it brings, with the music, warmth through togetherness, Christmas music, Christmas specials, bells ringing, eggnog, delicious holiday food, caroling, etc… But most importantly the remembrance of Christ’s birth. However, now that the month of December is actually here, I find that I’m feeling anxious over wanting to prepare gifts for everyone (and sometimes the money factor comes into play too). I wonder how I’m going to fit in the time to see everyone – due to my busy work schedule, and my own immediate family wanting to spend time with me too. In result, I find that I have low-energy at times; feeling sluggish, and the need to nap more often. I feel sadness over missing dearest loved ones, and the regret of not enjoying this special season to it’s full potential as I had in years past. With all the distractions this season can bring – with the worldly mindset that has infiltrated it over the years, it’s understandable how we can forget the REAL reason for the season: the birth of our precious Savior. Your blog served as a wonderful reminder to me to just slow down, and take in the joy of this season. I know sometimes I forget that. Thank you, for bringing back to focus the real meaning of Christmas!

    P.S. I really enjoyed the beautiful songs you posted about the birth of Christ. The family pictures you posted were also very lovely. You can see how happy everyone looks in them. It shows us the good times of Christmas. ?

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