tis the season…

Pam’s Journey – Day 56

Miles walked: 158

Miles remaining: 842

Days remaining: 310

So, it has begun… the holiday season. For some reason, I feel like I’ve fallen flat on my fa la la la laaa this year. I have a 9 ft bare tree standing in my living room because my imagination for our untraditional theme tree is as bare as the tree. We’re supposed to be doing a country/cowboy theme this year (my daughter’s idea) and I just don’t have it in me. I usually do the house up, make it smell all festive, play my fancy little Christmas music box thingy that I just had to have…

I LOVE Christmas trees and usually have one in almost every room of the house. I have a kitchen tree with green ornaments matching my green kitchen wall, my bedroom tree is moroccan inspired to match the room. There’s an entryway tree, bathroom tree, some years there’s the Taelor’s room tree, and of course the tree of all trees… the living room theme tree! Last year it was a “frosty splash”, the year before was the “diva tree”, we’ve done the “Who-Ville” tree, “rustic” tree, some traditional inspired themes, and of course always always match the wrapping paper to the theme (yes, I’m a tad OCD).

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not an overly commercial Christmas person. I just usually love the joy that spreads around the holiday time. The carolers, lights, trees, wreaths, the Bedlam game, bell-ringers, Christmas programs at school, pink cheeks from being out in the cold air, Christmas sweaters, the do-gooders, Christmas candy, hot cocoa with extra marshmallows, Christmas candles, the BC Clark jingle, generosity to others, giving and receiving, making traditions, the memories of my childhood Christmases..   ALL OF IT!

OK, almost all of it. I HATE shopping… hate it.

My hate of shopping isn’t a new thing so I’m still stumped as to why I just can’t find my Christmas spirit. Is it the store displays that seem to be arriving earlier and earlier every year? Is it Black Friday and the fact that most of the dumpsters I saw on my walk yesterday had huge electronics boxes sticking out of them? Is it because it’s harder and harder to find Christmas cards that say “Merry Christmas” on them, instead of Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings, Joyous Wishes, Be Merry, Joy Peace Love, yada yada. Not that some of those aren’t nice but c’mon, It’s CHRISTMAS! We celebrate because it’s Christmas. I don’t care what you want to tip toe around to try and be politically correct in this increasingly nonpersonal world but it all comes down to Christmas. 

We celebrate the birth of Christ, not the winter solstice, not the group of holidays that happen to be in the winter season. Everyone talks of how commercialized Christmas has become and I wonder if my lack of decorating spirit is a reflection of that thought. Then I did some googling and put my Christmas back into perspective.

  • We exchange gifts because it reminds us of God’s gift of love to us, His son.
  • The evergreen tree represents the symbol of eternal life offered by Jesus.
  • The pointed top directs us to heaven and the God who loves us so much.
  • The lights are to remind us that Christ is the light of the world.
  • We either put a star on the top of our trees because that’s what led the wise me to Him, or we decorate with angels because an angel appeared to the shepherds and announced the birth of Christ.
  • Red ornaments or ribbon: Jesus’ sacrifice
  • Bells: ringing out of glad tidings (the “good news”)
  • Bows: the ties that bind people together
  • Candy cane: shepherd’s crook (to gather the lost lambs)
  • Wreaths: eternal love
  • Holly: immortality. It represents the crown of thorns worn by our savior and the red berries represent the blood He shed for us.
  • Even Santa Claus is to represent the generosity and good will that we feel at Christmas.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. ~ John 3:16

I used to think that I got too wrapped up in decorating but after learning that most of my decorations actually mean something and aren’t just holiday fluff, or commercialized idols of Christmas, then I could relax and decorate knowing that I’m still praising God and the true meaning of Christmas. I might even go so far as to say that my googling seems to have put a small glint of Christmas spirit into my heart. I think this weekend might find me digging out a few more things from my Christmas decoration stash and watching some DIY to try out some new Christmas decorating cheer!

<An update on my bare tree: I took it down. It’s a 9ft slim tree and it’s gorgeous when I load it up with all of my Christmas symbols… but I don’t need to stress over it when I have a perfectly adorable little tree that usually sits in my entryway. It’s less than 1/2 the size and much more manageable on my stress level.>

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