Only seven days left until..
Every morning my phone does its jingle and I get a “Countdown to Christmas” two minute video devotional via text from our church. They have been like sweet holiday treats for me and have helped me stay focused on the “reason for the season.”
But when the pastor yesterday started with “there are only 8 days until Christmas..” I was gripped with an unexpected feeling. I have to be honest, it wasn’t joy or excitement.. it was that feeling you get when you are counting down the days to the END of your vacation.
I mean let’s face it, precious few of us are hosting a big meal, picking up family at the airport, going to midnight mass or heading over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house.. so we are.. in actuality.. simply counting down the days until…until the ‘Christmas season’ is over.
Hey I get it, this was instantly depressing to me too until I realized the flip side of this situation:
If there are 8 days left until “Christmas 2020” is over..
doesn’t that mean it is Christmas right now?
this is it folks,
THIS IS THE WEEK OF CHRISTMAS!
Now don’t get all stressy on me, this isn’t about that.. this is simply about making the most of just one more jacked up situation thanks to Covid. So if your holiday plans fell apart, kinda like your summer vacation fell apart, let’s just decide to spread the “pieces” over this coming week and redeem each day for Christmas!
So if this is DAY ONE of the seven days..
whatcha doin’ tonight?
How about a drive to look at lights that ends with a peppermint milkshake?
(Man-o-man, are they YUMMY!!)