Well, if your house is like the Willis household, all of the Christmas decorations are up. And, if you’re like me, you’ve looked at the decorations, and had at least a twinge of dread about having to box all of that stuff up, and haul it back to the attic, shed or spare room. You’ve probably had at least one opportunity to attend a Christmas party, and perhaps have even had Christmas with some of your family. I’m almost sure that the days before Christmas will lead most of us to at least one mad dash into the holiday traffic for that last-minute gift, a food item, or a roll of tape/wrapping paper.
I’m amazed at the great lengths we go to in preparation for the Christmas Season, but I wonder…are we forgetting the most important preparation of all? Have you invited Christ to your Christmas? It is essential, you know, and very easy.
Start by reading the Christmas story from Scripture. Before any gift is handed out, before one piece of wrapping paper is shredded, stop. Stop, read, and remember; this is His day. Next, pray. It doesn’t have to be elaborate, just pray, thank Him, and invite Him into your home for the celebration.
There are dozens of other ways; setting an extra place at the Christmas dinner table, etc. We are a fairly creative bunch and I’m sure we can come up with some meaningful way to include Christ this Christmas.
But we can’t unless we stop and intentionally extract ourselves, and our families, from what Christmas has become. You know what I mean. So, in the immortal words of the Nike marketing department, “Just do it.” And remember; it’s His day.