Well, that’s not quite how the song goes, but you get the point.  Christmas is definitely looking different on this side of the world.  There’s the obvious weather difference.  And although it’s not sweltering hot, it has been very mild and sunny.  So, we definitely won’t have a white Christmas, or even one that requires flannel p.j.s. 

Another difference would be the lack of hustle and bustle.  No last minute runs to Target.  No forgeting people on the “list.”  And definitely no plethora of Christmas commercials, reminding you of how quickly Christmas is coming.

You know what I’m discovering?  I don’t mind all that much.  I definitely don’t miss the hustle and bustle.  I don’t miss the commercials.  And even though I love Christmas music, I don’t miss hearing it 24-7 on every radio station and in every store for a month.  The lack of snow is a bit harder, but I really only enjoy snow on Christmas anyway.  I do miss family, for sure.  It will be sad to be far away as they all gather to celebrate, especially thinking about my brother-in-law having “my” Christmas cheesecake to eat all alone.  🙂  However, I’m really looking forward to having our own, quiet Christmas as well.  Just Pa, the girls, and myself.  No fanfare, no rush.  Just a quiet, slowed-down celebration of the birth of Jesus.

I imagine that the first Christmas was similar.  No hustle and bustle, no snow, no Christmas tree, no constant reminders of the coming holiday (except, maybe, Mary’s massive belly).  Just simple life.  Joseph and Mary traveling.  Giving birth far from home in a far from ideal location.  When the angels showed up, things maybe got a bit more boisterous, but still, the simplicity of it all struck me today. 

I pray that you, our friends and family, can, even in the midst of the craziness, find the joy in the simplicity of it all.  May Jesus be ever more real to you on this, the celebration of his birth, than ever before.

With much love and gratitude,

  • ohhhhh. . . I am jealous. Of some of that anyway. 🙂 love you friend-