I will confess that I’ve been accused more than once of going a little over the top when it comes to Christmas. I love all the parts of Christmas, from the birth of the Savior to the generous spirit of Santa Claus. I love to decorate the halls and the walls and anything else that I can adorn with glittery ornaments. I love to plan the gifts I will give to my family and friends. Nothing quite delights my heart more than seeing their smiles as we intentionally take time to share our gifts of love. I bake cookies and breads and give them to anyone near enough to receive them and sometimes mail them off as well. My husband says I have a childlike heart and I’m pretty sure it comes alive at Christmas, like no other time of the year.
Perhaps my approach to celebrating the event of welcoming Baby Jesus is more than some people do. Perhaps my desire to express my heart and my love is a little over the top, but it’s nothing compared to all that I receive through the year from the people who support me, encourage my work, revive my spirit, and help me to realize how much I have been gifted by their presence every day. To those who would wish I might pull back, set my Christmas up more like they would do, I can only say, that we each must find our way to celebrate the greatest gift that ever happened to any of us. I feel pretty certain that what God did that first Christmas was over the top. His gift was beyond measure and everyone who participated in the event lit up with great joy. Angels and shepherds and those who had long awaited the Savior celebrated in their hearts and expressed their love through songs of joy. They didn’t hold back. They didn’t worry about whether any one else heard the angels singing or if anyone else found their way to the manger, they simply spread the joy every way they could.
This Christmas, I’m going to be a little over the top again. There will be lots of cookies, lots of presents, lots of Christmas music, and lots of gratitude for what God has done for all of us. You celebrate however you wish, but I’m going to pray that this season you allow yourself to go a little over the top.
Big love to you all.