Are you working on getting your Christmas cards sent out? Have you bought any presents yet? Or are you like some folks who still can't believe its December?
I started getting the Christmas fever earlier this year. I was kind of hinting around to my husband that I thought it would be fun to go ahead and get the tree out the weekend before Thanksgiving. I guess that is rushing it a bit, but I just love the holidays.
Maybe some of my extra excitement this year is because we are expecting our first born. And even though the baby isn't due until March, just knowing we are having a child has changed everything already.
The excitement of a child just adds so much to people's lives.
Of course I'm reminded of Mary, Jesus' mother.
I've often wondered what exactly went through her mind when she realized she was carrying our Savior. I wonder if she really understood what His birth would mean to this world? I wonder if she really grasped that not only would He be her son, but He would also be her Redeemer? Talk about a baby changing your life.
And oh how He changed not only his mother's life, but all of lives of future generations to come.
Don't you know Jesus, as a baby and a young child, was just a joy to be around? Which brings me to this -- have you lost your joy of the season?
Has all of the commercialism and the running around like crazy stolen your joy? If so, I ask you to revisit the true story of Christmas and be reminded of the real reason for this season.
I know I sometimes get frustrated too with all of "other" stuff that gets celebrated -- like all the money to be made from retailers -- while we celebrate the season. But that is no reason why you and your own can't shine past this greedy world and show those around you who it is that you really celebrate during this season.
When I was a child, my grandparents made sure that I knew Christmas was really about Christ and not about Santa, presents and all of the cute reindeer. I assure you that our child will know without a doubt why we celebrate the birth of our Savior.
So as the season gets underway, don't let the worldly things steal the joy of celebrating the birth of the greatest man to ever walk this earth, Jesus.
Julie Wells is the editorial assistant in the newsroom at the Rockdale Citizen. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.