This Girl Loves Christmas

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this girl loves Christmas

If you’re like me, the Christmas chaos began the day after Thanksgiving…for many it began Thanksgiving evening with the craziness of shopping.  I LOVE Christmas!  I love everything about it….the music, the shopping, the parties, the baking, the movies, the decorations, the lights…..everything.  When I was a child, my Mom loved holidays. She went all-out for every holiday – we had decorated sugar cookies for each one – Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Christmas was by far her favorite.  She did whatever she could to make Christmas special.  That’s probably why I love Christmas so much.  This love for Christmas was passed on to my daughter and apparently to my 2 yr old grand-daughter as well.  She squeals with delight when she mentions Santa, sees the Christmas lights and loves ABC Family Christmas movies – especially “The Grinch”.

The Christmas playlist on my phone is filled with all types of music – country, instrumental, silly, oldies,  jazz and Christian.  The songs make me smile and sing at the top of my lungs – but I only sing when alone. There are two songs that are on my playlist that give an unexplainable reaction.  When I hear these songs, my soul is stirred and I spontaneously cry and lift my hands in praise.  I’m sure the people in the cars around me think I’m crazy (if they met me, it would be confirmed).  But, in those moments, it’s just me and The Lord.  I am in a ‘praise bubble’.  Nothing else around me matters.  It’s in those moments that I am completely in tune with the meaning of Christmas.

It’s not unusual to enjoy the holidays and the ‘stuff’ that goes with them – without connecting to what the true meaning is in a real way.  I can attend Christmas programs and hear the Christmas Story and participate in all sorts of Christmas activities that point me to the true meaning of Christmas, but not until my soul is connected do I truly get a sense of what Christ did at Christmas.

There is nothing wrong with enjoying the fun stuff of Christmas – I do and can’t wait to do those things with my grand-girls.  This Christmas I would encourage you to find some time to be alone and get in your own ‘praise bubble’ and just enjoy God and His Gift.

 

Enjoying my Christmas Gift,

Lisa

 

**My two ‘praise bubble’ songs:

Hallelujah Christmas – Cloverton

How Many Kings – Downhere

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One Comment

  1. Posted December 14, 2014 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    Amen, amen!! This year I’m truly into the scripture of Christmas, walking in their sandals. We tend to become so used to the Christmas story that we sometimes ignore it. It needs to come alive for us in a different way each year.

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