When Does It Begin To Look Like Christmas?
I HAVE A Pinterest board called “Christmas all year long” because I tend to keep the Christmas spirit alive as much as I can, all year long. I love giving gifts, even for no reason, and to make things that I save for the Christmas season. Today is October 3rd, but I’ve already made Christmas ornaments (I still have more to do) and wrapped one Christmas gift. It’s beginning to look like Christmas at my house!
I love the sights, sounds, and smells of Christmas. I love the Christmas story in Luke, and I love singing Christmas music. Last year, I was in the hospital on Christmas eve, having surgery to remove cancer from my bladder. As I lay in the darkened room with my eyes closed, I softly sang “Mary Did You Know” aloud. When I opened my eyes, there were people standing around my bed, listening with tears in their eyes! What a Christmas surprise, and a joy to me to know that I made Christmas eve for some of the staff that worked on that day.
I love the fall. I love the colors and the crisp air and the feel of change. But to me, it’s all a precursor to Christmas. So in late September, I start thinking about and planning and waiting for Christmas.
It’s a very busy time at our house. The Jewish fall festivals happen in September and October, the most holy days on the calendar. We celebrate those days, as reflections of the Savior who came to give His life for us, and then we have the Christian holidays to look forward to, as well as Hanukkah. Being Messianic has its perks!
Tonight after church (we attend church on Saturday) I’ll probably work on some gifts I’m making for my children, and then sit down and look at where to make donations for Christmas. I especially like the catalogs where you can choose a gift for an impoverished family or a village.
I don’t know what we’ll do this year, as far a giving is concerned. But I do know that around my house, it’s already beginning to look a lot like Christmas!