Decorating for Christmas seems like such a trivial thing to many who believe in the religious importance of Christmas. Then there are others who decorate for Christmas because it’s just the thing to do at this time of year. I don’t know where you fall, but I’ve sort of been tossing between these extremes and wondering where I fall and what I believe.
This year as I was putting up my Christmas decorations I felt a very distinct feeling that I was doing more than just making my house look nice for the holidays. It felt more like I was decorating for a party. And not just any party, but the birthday party of Jesus. Then I realized that the reason that doing this matters to me is because I want to acknowledge the importance of the birth of Jesus. It just blows my mind when I think about how this baby was born to ordinary parents in a barely-on-the-map town in a stable of all things, and we’re still celebrating his birth over two thousand years later! Even if you don’t believe that Jesus is the son of God, you have to wonder why this time of year matters so much to so many people.
At the request of one of my readers I’ll show you some of my Christmas decorations, but now it just doesn’t seem grand enough. Maybe next year I’ll go all Clark Griswold. Maybe.