My desire to nest has been hibernating these last few years. Living in a house that wasn't mine, knowing we wouldn't be there for holidays, my decorating style came down to this: what difference does it make anyway?
I was so wrong. It makes a difference.
This year, we are still leasing but something is different. Maybe it's our commitment to "bloom where we're planted" or maybe it's because we are in a location that is home for me personally, either way the weekend after giving thanks for an entire day with my family...WE UNWRAPPED CHRISTMAS!
As a family, we cleaned the house, agreed on a tree, and dragged out every Christmas thing we could find. Some of that stuff hadn't seen daylight in years.
It felt good. It felt right. We were blooming like a Wal-Mart full of poinsettias, like we were home.
Ten sank down in the backseat in embarrassment as we drove through town with a tree strapped to the top of the car. We were the Griswold's in Christmas Vacation. I nearly burst out in song.
The ax flew to ready the tree. Opinions and tinsel flew as we unwrapped things we loved.
Eight and Seven played wild games with Santa Bears that look like they came from a Coca-Cola commercial.
Today I am surrounded by an explosion of Christmas decor. Baby Jesus rides a camel as I ponder the less than Biblical nature of our traditional nativity. I decide I don't care because the kids know the facts and even if there were no wise men at His birth, I want my kids' worldview to be framed by their faith.
I want Jesus to be part of our Christmas.
Christmas isn't about days out of school or shopping and sometimes I feel like I could run away from all the spending and gifts and "X-ing" the Christ out of Christmas.
Other days, days like today, I know that our family is hungry for tradition and I know how valuable these coming days will be as we push back against the world and sow deep, fertile seeds of faith.
This month is a chance, an opportunity, to plant our faith firmly in the center of our lives and let it bloom. This time is a chance to celebrate our faith loudly as the world around us is a little more open to hearing our beliefs. It is a chance to say "Merry Christmas" and share a verse on a card instead of going with the Happy flow of the Holidays. It's an opportunity to put a baby Jesus on our mantle instead of a Santa Claus. This is the time to share Luke 2 when people are, perhaps, a little more ready to hear.
This is a chance to put our candles in the window at a time when some people are looking for a little light.
So Merry Christmas ya'll and let your light shine,