1. School is out and exams are finished with.
2. It’s cold (and NO it’s NOT snowing! But I’ve never had a White Christmas).
3. I’ve watched some Hallmark movies with Mom. There’s just something about those . . .
4. The Christmas decor has been up long enough to seem like a part of the everyday now.
5. Christmas music is constantly being played in the house.
6. The anticipation for family to get here is overwhelming (Dad is in Pittsburgh and Nathan, Kristi and the baby are still in Maryland).
7. An abundance of Christmas cookies.
8. Eating healthily has been suspended (but JUST suspended).
9. Mom and I have sat down to play through several Christmas arrangements together. Then we sang (We still miss Dad).
10. The fact that I am not done with Christmas shopping is inevitably bothering me.
11. I’ve spent time looking over the manger scene on the mantle. I don’t know what it is, but it fascinates me every year. Thankful for the incarnation, yes of course . . . but there’s just something about those white clay donkeys and camels . . .
I know it’s an odd 11 things; none of which have anything to do with the real meaning of Christmas at all. But truth is, the real meaning of Christmas has nothing to do with a feeling. Christmas has everything to do with Christ. His birth is such a wonderful thing to celebrate, and not only on Dec. 25th–anytime of the year.