I haven’t been “feeling” Christmas yet. I’ve bought some gifts and some decorations but I’m just not “feeling” it yet. I have even wrapped a few gifts. Maybe I need a cold front or some apple cider.
So many people have been “feeling” Christmas since Halloween. I have a theory about this. I think that people love the Spirit of Christmas; the peace the love, the kindness, the giving. I think they want to stretch that Spirit out for as long as possible. So Christmas has stretched from a week to a month to now almost eight weeks of celebration. In a way, it’s not a bad thing. If only everyone would realize what they are really longing for is the Spirit behind Christmas.
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
I Corinthians 13:4-7
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control
Christmas is really and truly about the nature of Christ; it is about His Spirit – the Holy Spirit. There is no way around it. His Spirit is Giving, Kind, full of Peace, it is joyful, gracious His Spirit is every good thing that defines Christmas.
My hope is that I “feel” Christmas all year – not just for a month or eight weeks out of the year but every day. When we do purchase our tree and decorate our house, I want to recognize and acknowledge the Spirit that defines Christmas – the Holy Spirit. I want Christmas to be about Him; what He did, who He is and what He plans on doing.