My recent thoughts on this subject were inspired by noticing what sort of things end up on the tops of Christmas trees. I've seen snowmen and angels and Christmas trees (Christmas trees on top of Christmas trees is just funny!) and Santa Clauses and Mrs. Clauses and giant ribbon bows and some sort of squirrelly sparkly sticky uppy decoration that my cousin-in-law uses and teddy bears and stars......the list goes on.
|This is my niece and nephew's|
|For some reason, this star|
reminds me of sheep and
|This was handed down|
from my mother-in-law's
And here's the important part: if the celebration does not indicate what or whom is celebrated, then what exactly are we doing? I don't want to erect a tree that represents eternal life, in honor of materialism or fancy meals or pretty lights. I definitely don't want to make my celebration in honor of the image of a non-existent miracle toy maker, the recognition of whom has become troublingly overimportant to some. I want whatever i have displayed to remind me of what i'm celebrating - just in case i get distracted. Because, this time of year, it is really really easy to get distracted. I want my symbol of eternal life to be topped with something that represents the One who gave us eternal life. And i think this makes the difference between whether the Christmas tree in your house really is just an extension of a pagan tradition, or a celebration of God.
|I used to LOVE these little|
angel maids characters.
|My hubby made this wreath from|
vines in our yard, and i put stuff
|I made this one in 2nd grade.|
May God bless you and yours with all of His love, life, peace, and joy, every single day of the year, and also on these days when we specifically rejoice in God's love, which was the cause for His sending Jesus to the earth.
|My grandma made this.|
|We're really thankful to|
live in Texas. LOL!