Posted on December 2, 2018 at 9:20 AM

Have you ever noticed how time seems to just fly between Thanksgiving and Christmas? I mean, we have our big Thanksgiving celebration filled with family and food and shopping and then we blink our eyes and Christmas is upon us. Now I realize that this is a routine that we should be used to, after all we have experienced it every year of our lives, but none the less it seems to always catch me just a little off guard. On the other hand, It hasn’t always been that way. I remember as a child being so excited when Thanksgiving arrived, because it meant, as the older folks said, that Christmas was “right around the corner”. Now, from my perspective as a child it seemed to be a “very large corner” but I knew that Christmas was on the way.

So, what changed? Why do we as adults have such a different perspective? Why do we look at it so differently? Well, of course, first there is the perspective of “Time”. As we get older, “Time” just seems to go faster. (It’s just the way it is.) Then there is a little thing called “Responsibility”. When we were young, we had little that we were responsible to take care of. Our main job was to wake up on Christmas morning and open presents. Now we needed to act excited, but I believe that for most of us that came pretty easily.

Of course, there are many other factors which can impact our perspective, but today, I would like to focus upon just one more: “Familiarity”. Yes, we have done it all, over and over, every year for our whole life. It has just become another thing to do. Another Job that we take on every year. We take out the decorations, we put up the decorations, just so that in a few weeks we can take them all down and put them away. I’m afraid that far too often in our pursuit of the “perfect Christmas” we have taken all the fun out of it.

What if you don’t take the time to decorate your whole house? Perhaps you will have time to enjoy what someone else has done. Christmas is a time when we are supposed to be celebrating God sending his Son into the World. Christmas is a time that we are supposed to be celebrating Jesus’ birth! Perhaps we should just try to keep it simple. Now here is a suggestion for you, this year why don’t you just “Do what you enjoy, and enjoy what you do!”

Pastor Tim

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