Friday, December 18, 2015

Celebrating Christmas

I still have so much to learn about my new camera and lighting. These photos did not capture the detail I wanted them to. 
Shirt: Old Navy (this season) Skirt: H&M (this season) Boots: Steve Madden, Nordstrom Rack (last season) Necklace: Charming Charlies (last season)

I am such a sucker for Christmas. I love it. LOVE it. The traditions, the decorations, the food, the gifts, and still the feeling of waking up on Christmas morning with a smile on my face. I know I know... I'm a 4 year old at heart. I miss sleeping on bunk beds with my brother on Christmas Eve, and him getting upset with me for keeping him awake with my excitement. I was always awake before him on Christmas morning. Sometimes I think he did it on purpose just to make me mad. But regardless the child in me comes out strong on Christmas. I am upset if traditions are messed with, and I get so giddy to unwrap gifts and to give gifts. This will be my 26th Christmas, and I am just as in love with the day as I was when I was young and got a Razor Scooter as my "surprise gift." on Christmas morning. I lost it, I was so pumped!! My two best friends got Razor scooters too and starting the day after Christmas we scootered (not an actual verb I don't think..) up and down the streets of our neighborhood. That was a good Christmas.

I was listening to the radio a few days ago, and the radio DJ asked a question to the listeners. He said, "What if you received one million dollars, but were never allowed to celebrate Christmas again, would you take the money?" It didn't take long for me to compose my answer. NO! A million times over, no way! But in that moment I realized something. As I have gotten older not only do I still love the actual day itself, but I love the season and above all else the very reason we celebrate: Jesus' Birth. I love giving gifts, and putting on pretty Holiday outfits and singing carols, but above all I am so thankful that Jesus was born that day. I am thankful that he was born, that he died and that he now lives in me because of his life.

My prayer this Holiday Season is that above all I am kind to those I interact with. I want to be gracious to people because this time can be difficult and full of heartache for some. I want to wake up every morning with thankfulness on my lips because I am healthy, I have a job I love, a roof over my head, food in my stomach and family and friends who love me and let me love on them. I hope that for you too, this season is more than just collecting presents. I hope that this season you too can find purpose in being kind to others. Purpose in remembering there is so much more to this season than just longs lines at the mall and extra traffic when you leave work. I hope you can take time to reflect on the gifts God has given you and that there is where you start your celebrating.

Love and the Reason for the Season


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