For my husband, it's not his thing. I have a few friends, where Christmas isn't their thing. And I respect this. The stress. The people. The commericialization. These things and many others, add to not enjoying the season.
But, yes, Christmas is still "kinda my thing". If I couldn't give Christmas to everyone, I would. This year, however, I simplified the Christmas season around our house. I simplified the decorations, the shopping, the lists, and the presents, all to focus on being more present during the season.
As I stated in a earlier post, the word fearless has encouraged me to lead a boring life and focus on being present. By simplifying this season, I notice the wonder, the joy, the patience, the kindness, the love all around me. Think about it. When you look a little longer in your children's eyes, you see the excitement. When you hear the singing of the local church choir, you feel the joy in thier voices. This season is truly more than one holy night, it is about embracing the whole season of wonder. It is about patiently waiting for the best Gift.
As this season continues, I challenge you to make this season "kinda your thing" by being present. I want you to be wrapped in His presence. Try to not allow the hustle and the bustle of the season stress you. Choose to share love. Choose to share joy. Choose to share peace. Share a smile and Merry Christmas to everyone you pass. Bake cookies and give to your neighbors. Sing a Christmas song a little louder. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate sitting by the Christmas tree. Adopt a family and bless them with a gift. Or maybe just, cover a family in prayer. Whatever you choose to do, do it with love.
Make the Christmas season more than just one holy night. Simplify the season. Be present. Wrap yourself with His presence.
I wish you all Jesus this season.