The Day After
I look forward to the Christmas season like a snowman looks forward to the winter – I just can’t wait until it arrives! I love watching old Christmas movies, listening to Christmas music on the radio, dressing up in red and green, going to Christmas parties and, most of all, I love Christmas traditions – baking cookies, sending Christmas cards, decorating the Christmas tree and opening presents.
I also enjoy driving around the city and looking at all of the Christmas decorations and lights on everyone’s homes. It is so fun to connect the Christmas decorations with the people that live there. Some people decorate their homes with simple white lights, some people use the colorful lights and some people go all out with a fake snowman, candy canes, reindeers and icicle lights.
It’s so wonderful to see the homes that have big lighted crosses or nativities in their yard. I remember driving to my house the day after Christmas several years ago. I saw all of the decorations and thought that they looked so depressing. They were a reminder that Christmas was over and I would have to wait another year to get back that Christmas spirit. Then it dawned on me. As a Christian, I didn’t need to wait an entire year to have the Christmas spirit. I can have it all the time!
It didn’t matter that I had to put all of my decorations back into storage for another twelve months. Christ came to this earth to give us an eternity with Him. I can keep the joy and wonderment of His birth with me every day. As a Christian, Christmas decorations could, theoretically, stay up on my house all year long. Christmas is more than just a holiday; it is the foundation of eternal life. We have the privilege to shine the Christmas spirit from our lips, actions and lives every moment all year long.
“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”
– Luke 2.11 (NIV)
“Lord, thank You for giving me the privilege to carry the Christmas spirit with me all the time. I pray that I can acknowledge Jesus’ birth not only on Christmas, but every morning of every day. Today let me start shining forth Jesus’ love in every area of my life.”