Wow. It’s December. Can you imagine? Just over a week ago we were having Thanksgiving dinner in good old November. Suddenly, we’re less than one month away from the year 2020.
How is your December coming along? Busy? Will you be traveling for Christmas or staying where you are? Have you decorated your home for Christmas yet? Or do you celebrate Christmas at all?
What are your favorite Christmas decorations?
Well, decorating is always hard for me because I immediately think about having to box everything up again after Christmas. Do you keep your decorating simple or do you go all out?
My Christmas tree is basically eclectic. Some of the ornaments are from years past and some are newer. I have seen some pretty Christmas trees that are rustic, glitzy, Victorian, modern, minimalist, and so forth. How about yours? How would you describe your Christmas tree?
What is your favorite outdoor Christmas scene?
We don’t usually have snow here in the southern USA, but many towns and cities hang outdoor lights to make streets and parks look festive. It gets icy cold sometimes, though. What about where you live? Do you have a winter wonderland there?
The December outdoor at night is too cold for me, so I prefer to stay indoors. And maybe listen to carols on iTunes or on the radio. Some radio stations have started playing Christmas songs since early November. How about your local radio stations? Have they been playing Christmas music?
What are your favorite Christmas carols?
I have so many I can’t list them all, from “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” to “Away in a Manger” to “O Holy Night” to “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen” to almost all the carols that sing about Jesus. Do you have a favorite Christmas carol? Or many favorites? What are some of your memorable ones from your childhood?
What is your favorite Christmas food?
Yummy is all I can think of when I see Christmas cookies, especially the ones that won’t help my diet LOL. What about you? Do you like Christmas cookies? Are they too sweet for you? Or not sweet enough? What about gingerbread cookies? That’s an all-time favorite for many. I’ll eat any cookie, to be honest!
I know the fruitcake is much maligned, but sometimes they can be pretty good (I eat anything at Christmas). I don’t see much of it sold nowadays, but I do remember getting a small fruitcake from Costco a while back. Or was it a German Christmas Stollen bread instead? I can’t remember. Maybe it was a special featured item at that time because I don’t recall seeing it ever again at Costco for years since then. Do you still see them sold anywhere else besides online?
What is your overall favorite Christmas theme?
Some years ago, a local church here hosted a living nativity. The line to get in was so long that it was impossible to wait for several hours with a young child just to walk through the live action stable past my son’s bed time in the cold evening. In some places, they have drive-through nativity, but we haven’t been to one. Have you taken your kids to any of the living nativities? The church we used to attend made the nativity a part of their Christmas play, so we would go to that instead (indoors, with heat).
My favorite Christmas theme is always the same year after year: Jesus Christ. I know it sounds simplistic, but in the hustle and bustle of the busy Christmas season, I feel more joy and peace focusing on Christ and Him alone. I remember the sayings “Jesus is the Reason for the Season” and “Without Christ, there is no Christmas.”
Throughout the year, I celebrate Jesus Christ as the Lord of Lords and King of Kings. Christmas is such a special time of the year to commemorate God sending His only begotten Son to earth to live a sinless life and then carry all our sins on Himself at the cross of Calvary. Because of Christ, I have eternal life and am saved forever. That’s a celebration!
“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).
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Celebrating Jesus Christ,