Christmas is Coming…Again!

Christmas is Coming...Again!

Every year it’s the same, I vow not to be overrun by Christmas. I vow to keep it simple. I vow to take time to focus on the “reason for the season.” I long to live the picture of me enjoying my family and perfectly decorated home; relaxing before the fire, with the smell of cookies in the air. I long to attend all of the Christmas concerts, live nativities, and pageants. I long to give all of the perfect presents and cook all the best food. But, before I know it, it is over. I am exhausted.I haven’t seen a single concert, smelled real animals, or laughed at little angels. My vows have been forgotten. My picture has not materialized. The last time I relaxed was sometime in November. I amirritated with my family and my house is a mess! Maybe, if I had just started earlier, I think….But then I realize, what I really need is to change my expectations. I long for what may well be the impossible, the perfect material and the perfect spiritual Christmas. Can the two ever go together? Can you have both? How did Christmas ever become about stuff and Jesus? And what about this character, Santa Claus? Isn’t Christmas about the birth of our Savior Jesus? Why do we even give each other gifts? I don’t get gifts on anyone else’s birthday! How in the world did Christmas become Christmas as we know it? In a new DVD by Veggie Tales creator Phil Vischer, he answers all of these questions! In a way that only he can do, Mr. Vischer masterfully tells the story of the history of Christmas. In Buck Denver asks Why Do We Call it Christmas, he explains that Christmas is really two holidays that were put together: Christ’s Mass and St. Nicholas’s Day. Christ’s Mass was the celebration of the birth of Jesus on the 25th of December. St. Nicholas’s Day was the celebration of Saint Nicholas, a man who loved Jesus and gave presents to the poor children, on the 6thof December. At some point along the way, the two holidays became one. St. Nick became Santa Claus and Christmas with its confusing blend of the material and spiritual was born. I finally understand why I am so tired and worn out by the time its over! I am taking on two holidays at once–well, actually three since myhusband was born on Christmas day! No wonder I am running crazy. No wonder my messages are mixed. No wonder the material and spiritual compete for my attention! No wonder my children and I are confused about Christmas! For a fresh understanding of Christmas and its traditions, watch this DVD with your children, or alone. It is funny, delightful, and entertaining. And it will help you understand why you do what you do.

And it may even help you to do it without being frustrated, exhausted, or irritated. For a better, merrier Christmas,

Lisa

Lisa is a native Georgian, who hails from a long line of hardworking, God fearing people.  Her grandparents taught her to love deeply, laugh easily, andwalk closely with God.  It wasn’t until she reached adulthood, however, that she truly surrendered her life to Christ.  By that point, she had made a real mess of things. When she finally turned to God, He gently and lovingly met her and led her, step by step, out of the pit she had created for herself.  She isstill amazed by His grace and humbled by His mercy.  As the leader of a Neighborhood Bible Study, Lisa’s passion is to help others find healing by trusting Christ with their brokenness.   Lisa lives with her husband Richard and two boys.  When she is not shuttling her boys to various activities, she is busy serving as the sponsorship coordinator for an orphanage and school in Uganda, Hands of Love.

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