It has been Christmas Eve for ten ten minutes as of….now. I am super excited. I am thankful I made it through yesterday without a brain malfunction, the last of the preparations for today are done. Today is more exiting for my family then Christmas day because the whole day is about being ready for Christmas Eve services, going to one or two and then we come home to a finger food meal (that we just finished preparing) and we open presents and play together till at least one is the morning.
Christmas day is the one day of the year Mom and Dad actually turn off their beepers. It is the one day of the year that we know Mom and Dad will not be pulled away by another family’s emergency or something will come up needing the pastor’s attention. So we sleep and do absolutely nothing in togetherness. We play games and sit around and stare at each other and then take naps and watch old movies on the projector .
The day after Christmas we clean up our mess. Because that is what a day of hectic chaos followed by the laziest day of the year creates.
It will be amazing if I get another brain malfunction free day tomorrow. There is so much I do not want to miss out on or ruin. Last year a migraine hit as I was opening a very cute and cuddly bear and so my face went sour and I put the bear back in the bag fast thinking I am going to throw up and that is not going to happen on my new bear. Misunderstanding fiasco. I am hoping and praying that tomorrow will be an awesome pain day and my neurons with behave themselves.
I love our four day celebration of Christmas. Christmas is the biggest time of year for us. Christmas is the end of the first season of the Christian holiday. It brings our four week period of waiting and anticipation of fulfillment of prophecy and steady hope in the coming messiah. Then on Christmas Eve we celebrate His arrival, Jesus among us. And we get to imagine the first group of believers, the shepherds. We share their awe and fright when confronted by the angels and the zeal that was planted in their hearts. They react to the pull to Christ and run to Him. When they find them they fall down and worship Him. Their hopes fulfilled and peace flows over them as they look upon their long awaited messiah. Scripture is fulfilled. A new beginning awaits us. This whole season is preparing us for what is about to come just as much as it is a celebration of the gift of the Christ Child.
Oh, it is exciting. If I am sick again tomorrow I will be sorely disappointed. I wish you a good day tomorrow filled with joy and hope. God bless you and your household and may he give each of us one of our best good days on the day that we celebrate Christ’s birthday.