Live the Season All Year Long

​I finally finished packing up all of the Christmas decorations a couple days ago and as I closed the last box, I had this thought.
Do you ever feel like a little child as you put up your Christmas decorations? Do you begin to count down the days until the next Christmas? For me, taking down all of my Christmas décor feels a little somber. Christmas is so filled with joy and peace and love, it is filled with family and time with friends, and it is filled with people who care about your comings and goings (how many times in a Christmas season do you get asked, “So what are you doing over the holidays?”). After Christmas, it just seems a little blah. Sure, the first few days are filled with “Happy New Year’s,” but after that and about the same time as the end of Epiphany (the real twelve days of Christmas), people have moved on. There is no longer any chipper Christmas music playing in the stores, people aren’t as jolly and friendly, there’s certainly no more feel-good Christmas movies on television, and life gets back to busy.
​I am kind of tired of living on life’s roller coaster. I don’t want to simply be waiting Christmas to Christmas. I want to live with all that Christmas entails all year long and I think I have figured out how.
Regardless of religion, Christmas is the one thing that seems to bind humanity together. Even the most wicked, or the most anti-Christian person, at their core, would say they desire hope and peace. Sin is what makes the world so bad. Christmas binds us together because at the center of Christmas is Jesus. He’s the One we need, the One we crave, and quite frankly, the One we cannot live without.
Jesus isn’t just the “reason for the season,” He is the reason for life--abundant life. If Jesus is at the center of everything, we can embrace the season and it’s spirit all year long. 
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10, NIV)
​Over the weekend and before I got all the decorations down, my youngest child said, “We should just leave the manger scene up all year long. There’s never not a good time to share about Jesus.” So true. 
​Let’s not get so busy getting back to being busy that we don’t act like it’s Christmas every day. Hum a little tune, smile at someone, ask them how they are doing, donate some money to charity or your local church, or ask someone how their day is and what their plans are for the week. Jesus cares about us all the time, and as His hands and feet, we should care about others, too.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13, NIV)

Erin Olson

Founder and CEO of Sandalfeet Ministries

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