I always feel somewhat conflicted at this time of year…
- I love Christmas with the message of a Savior born into a desperate culture. But Christmas carols absolutely drive me crazy.
- I love the message of hope and peace that comes from a manger. But the argument over “CHRISTmas” or “Xmas” completely annoys me.
- I love the looks on my kids’ faces as they open gifts and they’re reminded that they’re loved. But the madness of Black Friday mobs and shootings sickens me.
- I love the opportunity to bless people I’ve never met with gifts they don’t expect. But the greed and entitlement of our culture frustrates me.
I want to embody the love of Christ in a season of hope. But… Historically, I spend more time bemoaning what I hate about Christmas than sharing what I love about it. So, in an effort to change that, I’ve put together a “bucket list” to help focus me this season. Hopefully some of these will ring true with you too…
- Spend more time thinking about my family than my job. (I want to be fully present when I’m at home.)
- Donate toys/clothes to people who need them more than me. (I’ve been blessed with way more than I really need.)
- Take my family on a drive just to look at Christmas lights. (They “wow” my 6 year old.)
- Love, like and serve my wife more than anyone else. (She’s my wife and my friend.)
- Stick to our Christmas gift-buying budget. (No credit cards.)
- Remember that I don’t have to do Christmas with extended family… I get to. (There is a difference.)
- Worship at church with my family on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. (And we’ll all get to sit together in the same room.)
- Kiss my wife under the mistletoe. (I’ve actually never done this.)
- Don’t fight on Christmas Day. (This could be one of the hardest things on the list.)
- Get an iPad. just kidding…kinda 😉