“Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.” ~ Peg Bracken
Regardless of what blogs, Facebook and Pinterest say, autumn doesn’t end until December 21; that is especially obvious on this unusual but beautiful 68 degree December day. Still, I have been busy preparing for Christmas and the New Year. I say this although I have yet to get a Christmas tree and my mantle is bare. I have not created any crafts or gifts, nor have I baked a single cookie.
Today I accepted His Christmas presence and finished planting over 350 bulbs. Planting a bulb is an act of faith, a display of showing one’s trust in Him for the coming year. They won’t bloom until spring 2013. As the days grow colder and the ground freezes, dormant bulbs will root and grow until they peek out of the soil in search of spring sunlight. My faith in the future makes planting them today worthwhile.
As I prepped the soil in the flower beds, I readied myself for Christmas. While clearing away the dead remains of previous seasons, I made sure there was room in my heart for His love and that it wasn’t filled with debris that won’t nourish or promote growth.
I considered what Christmas means to me and I implore you to do the same. Are you losing the meaning in the details? Are you in such a rush to achieve the perfect holiday that you were part of the human stampede at a Black Friday sale mere hours after giving thanks for what you already have? Between decorating, shopping, baking, hosting parties, and exchanging gifts please pause and remember the reason for the season.
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