How do you think about December? Is this usually a month of joy and celebration for you? Or do you feel burdened by getting ready for Christmas?
When I was a child I used to love December: It’s when winter starts, the fields and roads are white, and it’s cold outside. It’s when we would light candles, drink hot chocolate, keep warm and cozy at home. In the evening of the 5th we would put our boots outside for “Nikolaus” to fill them over night with sweets and maybe a small toy or two. A few days afterwards I would get more presents for my birthday and then Christmas came up and there would be even more presents for me to open. How exciting!
Now December seems a rather sad month: Nikolaus doesn’t seem to find his way around that often anymore, each birthday means I’m another year older 🙄 and a few days before Christmas is my mom’s day of death. This Christmas will be the first without my dad (he did in March), too.
However, this year things are a bit different. I surprised a new friend on St. Nikolaus Day with a little present. Guess what? She had the same idea. My birthday went by quickly, and I’m glad it did because I don’t like it when people make a fuss about it. Still, I received beautiful cards, lovely mails, gorgeous flowers, a few text messages and when I thought it was over (in the evening) a friend gave me another present (cookbook ❤ )
Can you believe it? 14 more days until Christmas Eve! We keep the American tradition of putting the tree up around Thanksgiving Day. At first I didn’t want to put it up and decorate it, but by now I’m into the decorating-the-whole-house kind of mood. Even the stairs got a touch of the season.
No matter if we are looking forward to this season or not, we usually tend to forget the most important reason to celebrate it 😦 It’s supposed to be a season filled with hope, joy and love. The LORD Jesus left heaven to be born in a stable on earth, to grow up and teach us and love us and die for us — so that His people could be saved and go to heaven to be with Him one day. How exciting is that?
For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
(Isaiah 9:6 NKJV)