As Christmas quickly approaches us this week, there are SO many things to do. SO many movies to watch, SO many cookies to eat, candy to eat, lights to see…..I want to do it ALL! Christmas comes once a year. Some begin celebrating it at Thanksgiving, some celebrate all year, and some people wait until Christmas Eve to really celebrate.
For me, I begin listening to Christmas music around Thanksgiving. This year a few weeks before, as Thanksgiving fell late in the month of November. I listen to music secretly, on my ipod with headphones in at work, and not at home. My wife loves Christmas music, but too much of it from Thanksgiving on, gets to be too much. But now that this week has arrived, ALL the Christmas music is on. We have our favorites..”Michael W. Smith, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Toby Mac”, etc. The only music to be played in our house this week will be Christmas related. We started off this week by attending the “Christmas Stories” tour with Jason Gray, Lauren Daigle and Carrolton on Sunday night. It was different than what we expected, but great music and amazing voices. These people can really sing. The message behind the entire concert makes you remember the reason for the season.
Now it is time to watch ALL the movies. We have to watch “It’s a Wonderful Life”, “Miracle on 34th “, “White Christmas”, “A Christmas Story”, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”, etc. etc. etc. There are SOOO many movies to watch, yet so little time. We could sit around and watch all day, but the kids get restless. 2 boys, ages 12 and 8, love to watch movies, but only in small doses. They get ancy, restless. So we spend time outside, playing football, enjoying each other. But then that takes away from movie time. But I’d much rather have them happy and enjoy them than regret it later for not spending enough time with them.
Family is in town, so eating out and laughter is bound to come with it. We’ve eaten out several times over the past week since family arrived. As you can see, the kids (and adult kids) enjoy playing with their food.
So everyone enjoy the last few days leading up to Christmas. Remember the real reason for the season. Read books, read the Nativity Story, watch the movies, head to church, whatever it is you do, enjoy this time with family and friends and have a smile on your face.
What will you do these last few days? What movies will you be watching? Still have shopping to do?