It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, the song lyrics say. But that’s not our reality this year. At least not yet, if you’re talking about our usual snow on the ground and a crispness in the air that we’re used to in these parts. My goodness! Seventy degrees the end of November? Unheard of in our neck of the woods!
In another respect, it IS beginning to look like Christmas around here. Neighbors are decorating their homes, inside and out. Businesses we frequent started decorating in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. Probably because they know how busy it can get the last month of the year.
I suppose that is how it is no matter the type of business one is in. Life seems to “fill up” as we try to fit in one more concert, or Christmas special on TV, or shopping excursion (at the mall or online), or plate of cookies or candy, or Christmas party, or medical appointment, or Christmas card or letter. But I digress.
The Norris household hasn’t done much yet to help it look a lot like Christmas. But we’re thinking about it! Traditionally, we put up lights outside along the roofline, cut and decorate a tree for inside, write and send our Christmas letter to family and friends, do some holiday baking, and try to take in a concert or two. I expect this weekend may make a difference … and move us from thinking about it to actually doing some of it.
For me, it has to FEEL like Christmas before I really get going. What helps? Watching Reba’s Christmas special the other night. Listening to Mannheim Steamroller. Preparing our churches’ Advent letters. Buying another laser light to replace the one stolen from our front yard early last December. Smiling after Mr. Pat mounted the light with security screws that not everyone would be able to remove.
If the truth be told, we are rethinking the Advent preparations we’ve made in the past. And we will continue those traditions that best help us prepare for the Christmas we desperately desire.
Dear Jesus, may your truth be told. Grace and peace … --Pastor Pat