Let us … keep our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith… Hebrews 12:1-2
Have you noticed that Christmas seems to show up in stores earlier and earlier each year? I swear some stores had Christmas decorations on display since September, right next to the Halloween costumes and fall decorations. Starbucks were already selling gingerbread lattes when it was still 80 degrees outside. Why? Why is there this insane rush from one holiday to the next? Can’t we just enjoy it?
Did you know there’s actually a term for this holiday blending? Honestly. It’s called hallothanksmas. Isn’t that frightening? Can we all agree that our grandparents wouldn’t have approved of hallothanksmas? I don’t think many of us enjoy being rushed through the holidays.
So what’s the secret to stepping off this crazy train long enough to enjoy Christmas? Simply making the choice to focus on Christmas. Even though at this very moment stores are enticing us to focus on decorations, gifts, and holiday treats, let’s purposefully heed Paul’s advice and keep our eyes on Jesus.
Some of us have already gotten caught up in hallothanksmas, but that’s okay. It’s not too late to take back December. We can stop looking ahead to the next thing and fix our gaze on what is before us. There’s still time to take a deep breath and focus on the blessing of a baby born in a manger.
For the rest of this Christmas season, let’s move forward in joy, giving Christmas our full attention.