Usually I’m Christmassed way before Thanksgiving. The love and joy and hope of Christmas descends upon me (usually unexpectedly)
However this year there were technical difficulties regarding a Santa Hat (how can I wear this if my children keep stealing it) Christmas Music (I still don’t know where my CDs are) A Church Production of Charlie Brown (Cancelled: sad day) and family (no one is able to visit us this year)…plus it just felt a little too fast.
This week I transitioned, somehow in reading Mary’s Joy–it became mine,
Luke 1 46And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 49for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. 50His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. 51He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. 52He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; 53he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. 54He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, 55according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.” 56And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.
And THEN (magically) I found things on the internet that made me feel like Christmas
Things like an amazing version of Angels We Have Heard on High (4 guys, 1 piano)
Things like this retelling of Jesus “Brilliant, no one will be expecting that!”
Then there’s this little girl sharing the Christmas Spirit with her parents, through singing/signing ;P
And an old favorite hallelujah! which is how being suddenly Christmassed feels to me!
Many pastors believe in delayed gratification, that singing Christmas hymns during advent is akin to a sin.
I don’t. I do think in giving Thanksgiving its due, and try to wait until them to do Christmassy things (altho what happens in the privacy of your own car is your business)
But, I love Christmas, there is something truly infectious about it…even as it is commercialized, the feeling itself is magical.
and a good
and I’ll try not to be TOO annoyingly happy about it
I think I’m going to go watch Charlie Brown Christmas now!