“The holiday season seemed to be a mix of stress and magic.”
I think I say it every year at the start of November. It goes something like, "What?! It can't already be almost Thanksgiving! Christmas is how close?!" When my kids were home the disbelief only intensified as the implications of the holiday season began to weigh on me. Even as a kid, the holiday season seemed to be a mix of stress and magic.
As an adult we let go of the magic, and the season seems to become one of frenzied shopping trips, recipes we don't really know how to make and meals with people we don't always like. We see dollar signs and empty seats. Perhaps we've even given up on the holidays as something for people who have more than we do, be it financially or relationally. The purpose for these
over-commercialized holidays seems to be lost with the pilgrims. I hear it all of the time. What's the point of doing all of these things just to put all of the fancy decorations and special recipes away?
Well, for me, it's simple. Those things are just that: things. Don't get me wrong, I love the food and the decor and the music and all things holiday, but when I stripped all of the things away, I realized something. They aren't important!
I know it's not a new revelation and might even be a little cliche. Yet, it's something that bears repeating. The things are not going to be around in a year or 5 or 10. Sadly, the people may not be either. So, instead of worrying about the holiday hoopla, focus on showing gratitude for the hope we have been given.
When you think of those things to be thankful for, instead of only going down the list of things like houses or jobs, think about those things God did in you that grew you and brought you closer to Him. When you and the people in your life make their wish lists, create a separate list of things hoped for that only God can do. Have the confident expectations that He will do something good in you and for you.
Written by Melissa Smith