As the month of December progresses and we get closer to Christmas day, it has become apparent to me how many things we have fighting for our attention, this month more than any other month of the year. In addition to our normal life, there are so many other things to do. I question myself…
Have I bought enough? Have I bought too much? Did I remember to ship everything on time? Should I get a present for my 3rd cousin’s husband’s aunt? Have I wrapped everything that I bought? Does my wrapping paper match my Christmas decorations?
Did I do enough with the kids? Did they see Santa and get a perfect picture in his lap with matching outfits? Did we do all of the Christmas crafts with glue and cotton balls and paint and cinnamon extract and paint and fingerprints that I pinned? Did we do enough random-acts-of-kindness?
Did I DVR all of the Christmas cartoons? Did the kids get to see A Charlie Brown Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer and Prep and Landing? Did they get to eat popcorn while they watched them?
Did I forget to send a Christmas card to anyone who will be offended if they don’t get a Christmas card? Was the picture of the kids on the Christmas card good enough? Did I spell everything on the card correctly and spread the love of Jesus in 10 words or less?
Add to that the ridiculousness of what is in the media, plus the baking and cleaning that is required this time of year, and it is easy to lose focus.
To all of my brothers and sisters in Christ, Let’s not do that!
All of these distractions are things of the world, not of God. Christmas is a celebration of Jesus’ birthday, and nothing more. Santa Claus and cartoons and Christmas cards are awesome and fun and I love them, but they should not distract us from the true meaning of Christmas.