Have you got that Christmassy feeling yet? My girls are constantly talking about how it doesn't feel like Christmas yet. We got the Christmas tree up early this year, have been blasting Christmas music for a few weeks now, and starting other traditions like checking out Christmas lights (one time was broad daylight - I roll like that) and drinking eggnog...
Nope - still not feeling Christmassy enough!
We had the most amazing Christmas Concert at church yesterday, with Christmas Carols, nativity drama and the most amazing Kiwi Christmas decor theme (Liz V - you are so clever!) followed by an amazingly fun church picnic afterwards...
Nope, still no Christmassy feelings happening according to my girls.
I think they struggle with the fact that we are missing out on snow here in New Zealand, so Symon saw a $1 bag of fake snow and brought that home for them...
Still doesn't feel like Christmas!
What is Christmas really about? What is that "Christmassy feeling" they are waiting for?
Well, I think it's that feeling of gathering together with those that are precious, celebrating life, giving gifts in celebration, family and the most precious gift of all, the fact that God is so amazing that even when we don't even like Him - maybe even hate Him, He still loves us and is constantly seeking after us with the Hope that He has to offer. He's not far off, full of anger and disinterested in us - close and near, thanks to the precious gift of His son Jesus that He gave to bring hope to humanity.
That Christmassy feeling - I love the hustle and bustle, the food and the laughter, the family and friends and the giving of gifts, but most of all, I love so much the HOPE that this time of year is a reminder of - HOPE in any situation, that God drew near to us in love, even when we didn't know it.
I think I need to settle down with them and read the most amazing Christmas story (Luke 2).
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