Christmas All The Time

As I write this post there is snow falling outside my office window, dreams of a white Christmas realized.  Well, maybe.  Here on the front range of Colorado, snow does not stay around long, but it certainly feels more like Christmas with a fresh blanket resting on everything.

Christmas Eve will be abundant with Stollen warming the house, watching the Bronco game, candle light service at church, and a family movie night with Elf.  Traditionally, we open one gift on Christmas Eve in anticipation of Christmas morning, careful to choose only minor gifts like PJ’s or socks so no big surprises get squashed.  Even though the kids are older now, there is still excitement in the air.

Christmas is so many things, the celebration of faith, gifts, food, and traditions culminating into a single moment or a series of days—each celebrating in their own way. I don’t get offended when someone says Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas, words are pretty cheap anyway. I am more swayed by the joy, peace, and compassion carried throughout the year. Wouldn’t that be nice, to live like it was Christmas all the time?

Christmas all the time? 

Nice thought, but just the idea makes me tired. However, it’s not the decorating, extra baking, tree trimming, gift wrapping, endless party-going part of Christmas I’m talking about.  It is thinking of something special to make someone smile, sharing a great meal together, embracing loved ones in warm hugs, attending church, being patient in the check out line, clearing a neighbor’s driveway of snow, extending a hand to those in need of comfort and hope … all these things create the magic of this wondrous season. Everyday things really, or at least they could be.

Though the intensity of Christmas would be exhausting, the Spirit of Christmas is always available, if invited. Immanuel, God with us, dwelling rather than visiting.  Wonder of wonders—the heart of man changed and renewed, bringing holiday gestures to everyday life. That’s the kind of Christmas all the time I’m talkin’ about.

May the peace of God reign in your heart and the joy of the Lord be your greatest gift this Christmas and throughout the New Year.

Merry Christmas!

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10 Responses to Christmas All The Time

  1. sportsglutton December 24, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you and yours Judy!

  2. Bud December 25, 2011 at 12:16 am #

    A very Merry Christmas to you, Judy. I hope to be visiting more often once I get through Postaday 2011.

  3. Patricia December 25, 2011 at 5:46 am #

    Wishing you the Merriest Christmas ever. I so enjoy your sight. Keep the great articles coming. Especially the great recipes.

  4. Pati December 25, 2011 at 6:55 am #

    Joy and Love to all of you. A pleasure to do another year with you.

  5. ChgoJohn December 25, 2011 at 9:35 am #

    A very Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones, Judy!

  6. Raymund December 25, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  7. Karen (Back Road Journal) December 25, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

    I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas day.

  8. Claudia Johnson December 25, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

    I nominated you for the Kreativ Blog Award

  9. Linda December 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    Beautifully said; so well written. Hope you and your family are enjoying a wonderful holiday season!

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