En guard, y’all! The trap of Christmas Crazy is set and waiting to spring. It’ll promise “more is more” but deliver “less and less.”
I love Christmas! Flat out love it hence my vulnerability to become trapped by the Christmas Crazies. Christmas Crazy jumps on me the first day I notice the seasonal home decor lining store shelves, and from there, the drum beat only gets louder. Decorate this way, buy that gift, party here, party there, party, party, everywhere. And yet, in my heart, I know the world’s call is a siren’s song. I know that in all of my coming and going, buying and doing, the thief lies, waiting to steal the true celebration of Christmas from my heart. I’ve decided this is my line-in-the-sand moment. I’m determined anew to cry “foul” on it all. I refuse to sign my name on the dotted holiday line. Just. . .NO.
Many of you have already walked alongside me through my advent devotional, A Heart Wide Open Christmas. Some of you have even read through it with me twice! If that’s you, you’re invited to join me again this year as we make another holy go at keeping Jesus in our focus during our holiday preparations so that He might receive His due glory in our celebrations. If you haven’t participated before and want to join this year, you’re more than welcome. I’m silly happy to have you, as long as you understand that I can be as choice challenged as the next person (if left to my own devices).
To live Christmas well, we’ll need to rely on the Teacher Himself and drench our thoughts in the glory of Immanuel, God with Us. I look forward to seeing you on December 3rd, Day One.