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Wrapping up CHRISTmas

January 8, 2013

I’ve waited as long as I can stand it to take down the Christmas tree and all the décor. This is the saddest sight of the entire year: an empty tree in January.

Tree

There is such a build up once December begins. Not only all the fun stuff, like shopping, baking, decorating, but also all of the precious times leading up to Jesus’ birth. We embraced nightly family devotions with the Advent Tree—reading Scriptures every night. The girls loved it! After bath time and before bedtime, they couldn’t wait to run to the tree, open the door, and see what verse they pulled out. We read verses from the Old and New Testament, and it was also a good way for the girls to find verses in the Bible.

December 26 came and the devotions stopped. We were wrapped up in all the gifts, exhausted from the holiday rush, and weighed down by all the sugary goodies devoured over the previous weeks.  Somehow, Baby Jesus, who for 25 days had all of the focus, was forgotten.

Then we put away the nativity. I carefully wrapped up Baby Jesus, shepherds, wise men, Mary, and Joseph in bubble wrap. They seemed nearly magical when I set them up so properly weeks before. Now they seemed ordinary, mundane.

I felt the quiet nudge of God. Don’t forget. Don’t wrap up Jesus along with everything of Christmas.

nativity

That’s what we do, isn’t it? Well, that’s what I tend to do. So much energy, focus, attention, and planning go into the first several weeks of December as I gear up for Christmas. Then, I pop like an overdone soufflé. I’m done. Tired. Just plain over it.

This year, don’t do it. Don’t pack away Jesus along with all of the Christmas decorations. Don’t become “over it.” Keep up the family devotions, keep singing songs about Baby Jesus, keep focusing on His birth and His life.

I want to “seek first the kingdom of God” this year. I don’t want Jesus to become ordinary or mundane. I don’t want my kids to think we focus on Him 25 days of the year and then again for a few days at Easter. I want Jesus to be their focus all year long, each day, every day.

I’ve taken down the tree, wrapped up the lights, and put away the nativity. But hopefully this year we won’t tuck away Jesus, too.

“Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33).

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Nikki permalink
    January 8, 2013 6:29 am

    Awesome Christi!

  2. January 8, 2013 8:52 am

    Great reminder to keep our focus on Jesus; not just us but our families as well. Thanks for sharing!

  3. January 8, 2013 8:53 pm

    A wonderful post…full of praise and love for Jesus. A very nice reminder!

  4. January 8, 2013 9:52 pm

    Love this reminder, Christi.

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