Thursday, December 11, 2008


I have a love/hate relationship with Christmas.

I hate that we as a society have commercialized something so special as the arrival of God's one and only son sent to save his people.

I hate that mega-chain department/wholesale stores start decorating, play Christmas music, run special marketing campaigns, and put out those gift sets right after Halloween and before Thanksgiving.

I hate that we spend so much time rushing around here and there trying to get our shopping or other tasks accomplished.

I hate that we fill up the season with parties, caroling, addressing cards, and decorating.

I hate that people are so rude, crass, and impatient with one another.

I hate that my husband works more hours during the Christmas season than at any other time in the year and that we have even less time to spend together as a family.

I hate that we focus more on what gifts we're giving instead of feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and visiting the sick and imprisoned.

Most of all I hate that during this season I grieve more for my parents as Christmas was the most important time of year for my family.

I love the smells in the air, smells of cakes, cookies, candies that we bake.

I love deciding what colors I'm going to decorate for the season, the actual decorating, and wrapping of the presents in paper to co-ordinate with my colors.

I love all types of Christmas music and start playing it right after Thanksgiving. Music gets me in the Christmas spirit better and faster than anything.

I love singing all the hymns and popular music to the top of my lungs.

I love pulling out my Christmas music and practicing on the piano.

I love how beautiful our church looks during the season and I love how we all work together to make it so.

I love our special church services. The Epiphany service and our Hanging of the Greens are the opening and closing of the season and it wouldn't be Christmas without them.

I love that our family gathers together to celebrate our long held traditions.

I love surprising my husband with gifts that he never expected.

I love the looks on my children's faces on Christmas morning. Nothing can compare to their looks of surprise and wonder.

I love that there's a spirit of peace and goodwill in the air, I only wish that it could last the year through.

Most of all, I love the Baby Jesus and what his coming to earth means for me and the entire human race.


Art said...

Wow, that's really good. Is this all original? If so, you should start your own Christams love/hate meme!

So, are you officially a blogger again?

Vicki said...'s so nice to visit here regularly and find a new post...and this is a great post, Stacie!

For us, this year is totally different than ever before:
*we have only one party to attend (yay!)
*I'm not super-shopping (bought two gifts, ordered one, and everyone else wants/needs money)
*we haven't settled on one church yet, so we're visiting around, and I'm enjoying the variety of events and services
*Christmas morning will be just the two of us (but next year, there will be a grandbaby!)
*everything seems topsy-turvy...

However, because of all of this - and in spite of all of this - I am finding that this year I am able to focus on what Christmas is really all about...and I am just so thankful for Jesus!

Sorry...I'm rambling again, aren't I?

Stace said...

art? is this original? geez.. i thought you knew I am an original... but I think I know what you mean, and yes, it is completely all me.. I didn't "steal" this from anyone.

vicki - ramblers are most welcome here! :)

butterflygirl said...

I'm with you on the "loves".

jennifer said...

Shoot. I was rude to a sales girl the other day. Gah! I hate to admit that. I may go back to the store to apologize.

So glad that you are back Stace!!!


TJ said...

Just saw that you were blogging again!

I agree that Christmas is hard when our loved ones have passed on. I still miss Christmas Eve at my Grandma's.

Great list.