Christmas Day has come and gone and I hope you enjoyed time with friends and family.
For the Laynes’ we enjoyed time with children and grandkids. It was a joyous time to see the faces of the grandkids light up when they opened the gifts we had given to them. Our youngest granddaughter is 2-years-old and still finding her “balance” as she moves around exploring the place. Our eldest granddaughter didn’t make it this way for Christmas as she is now a 911 Dispatcher for a police department in Missouri and we are very proud of her.
Our oldest grandson stays with us on the breaks from college and he is a joy to have around. He helps us old people with the computer if we come up with an issue!
My wife, Donna, will soon be 19 years at our local Walmart and having an extra day off was a wonderful thing for her. I could see the joy in her expression as the family gathered and then the sigh, from both of us, as they departed.
Our church family gathered on Christmas Eve for a time of worship and singing. It was a joyous occasion and I hope you had the same experience. Oh, you didn’t attend a Christmas Eve service? Why not? My hope is that at Christmas time people will never forget why we celebrate Christmas, to begin with. It is because of Jesus being born not for our convenience but for our salvation which must be placed before gift opening time with friends and family.
I give you this birdseye glimpse into our home so we can think about what it must have been like for Joseph and Mary when the Christ child was born and they had visitors just after His birth and then several months later from the “Wise Men.”
How long should we celebrate Christmas? Til it’s over and that is on Epiphany Sunday, January 6. So, we are still in Christmas time maybe not in the retail world but the Church calendar and the retail calendar have little to do with each other. We will keep our decorations up until that date and our lights will shine until that time also. Let’s make a season of rejoicing not of drudgery.
I am well aware that many are tired and worn out from shopping. I only wish that we all would be worn out from worshipping our Savior Jesus. The retail world has offered us an opportunity to misplace our attitudes about the real reason for the season.
My friend from the North Pole, Santa Claus, (yes, he is for real as we email a couple of times every year. Wwwsantaclausnorthpolealaska.com) is an orthodox priest and a child advocate who has also served as the president of their Chamber of Commerce. Santa (his real name) is very concerned about the deterioration of the Christian attitude toward Christmas.
So, if you were to see me out and about this week, don’t be surprised if I wish you a Merry Christmas! It’s unto the Lord as the season continues.
Merry Christmas Y’all!