Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Making Room for Christmas

Every year, like most of you, we pull out the boxes of Christmas décor. Boxes filled with garland, lights, ornaments and knick-knacks. We aren’t over the top, but we have enough stuff that I have to take our regular, everyday stuff down and pack it away for the month. (That’s also probably the only time I dust it all year, so you can imagine what a great housekeeper I am!)

A couple of the Christmas decorations have made it into the regular mix and a couple of the regulars, stay up during Christmas. They fit with each other. But most don’t make the cut and they get separated.

It got me thinking…Christmas is something that we should celebrate all year long. Maybe not to the extent that we do during December with decorations and such, but we should be living the story of a King coming as a baby (for that matter, we should be living the Easter story, too, but that’s another post).

So, I started thinking, maybe I’ll leave a Christmas decoration or two up this year—as a reminder that every day is a good day to rejoice that a Holy God became a human baby. As a reminder that we have a loving and compassionate God that was moved to action for us.

To remind me that there’s way more to life than the daily grind. I'm a part of a bigger (and better) story.

What about you? How do you keep Christmas “real” throughout the year?


Barb said...

When I was a kid, my mom left this quilted wreath up for a couple of years, but it didn't have anything to do with reminding us about Christmas. She just didn't take it down and then it became such a part of the room she forgot. :)

Candy leaves her nativity scene out year round. That's hard to "forget" about when it's sitting front and center.

Angel said...

Ha! We forgot the house for our nativity a few years ago--left it on top of the computer desk all year. Same thing happened to us--it just blended.

Love the idea of a nativity all year, but I worry it would start becoming part of the furniture, too, for us. Thinking about bringing it back out at Easter.