Are We In A Hurry For Christmas?

We count the days, mark our calendars in red ink, make a list of what gifts to buy for friends and family, plan on what menu to cook on Christmas Day. And we are waiting with bated breath when the day will come. Yes, it will come soon! And we say that Christmas is just around the corner. So we get busy, we are frantic that we won’t be able to do the things on our Christmas list , we are frantic that we would not be able to hang those beautiful lanterns and Christmas decor which we painstakingly chose, to the point of having Christmas motif every year. We think of where to place the Christmas lights, the more, the better, here or there, it does not matter as long as we have at least something to remind us of Christmas. But after all this frenzy, we sometimes forget why we are celebrating.

Sometimes though, we are in a hurry to celebrate Christmas. Some people put up their Christmas trees with all the lovely trimmings as early as October but by the time Christmas comes, they are too tired or even too drunk to welcome the day with joy. We are too taken by parties, shopping, new clothes, new toys and all things that to us spell Christmas. In the process, we tend to forget the simplicity of the Christ Child. How have you celebrated the event in the past?

The Child Jesus is the most awaited guest. So we prepare ourselves for His coming. And it’s just like waiting for some important guests in our homes, we clean the house, put out our best silver wares, make the occasion a truly lovely celebration. But what Jesus wants is to prepare our hearts for His coming, that is where He wants to dwell – deep in our hearts.

“The angel said to them, “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; 11 for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:11-12).

Dear Jesus, make me worthy to receive You this Christmas.

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About arlene

And here I thought it would be easy to create and start another blog. Starting all over again but that is the challenge of blogging. This is a continuation of my other blog called Dreams and Escapes. It is still a work in progress...

Posted on December 14, 2015, in life, reflections, thoughts and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Nice thoughts and sentiments as always, Arlene. I can assure you that I am in no hurry to bother about Christmas, but you know that. The tree went up on Sunday, and I posted the cards yesterday. I think we should leave Christmas until December, or it will end up starting in the summer!
    Best wishes as always, Pete.

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  2. not really rushed but am sure ready for Christmas. thank God for the advent blue book’s daily reflections. it makes you pause and ponder on what truly Christmas is about! 🙂

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    • Glad to know that you are looking forward to it too lolaWi. Remove “Christ” from Christmas and it would just be an ordinary celebration. Do you have Simbang Gabi there too?

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      • oh yes, we do. some parishes participate by having 1 simbang gabi mass during the season; most like a feast though rather than a novena mass. there’s one church however where hubby and i go and attend novena mass at 5am for 9 consecutive days. very solemn, much like home 🙂

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