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The Grinch Stole My Christmas

Posted on: December 3, 2010

Movers at the holidays a like the Grinch {photo credit}

We hired movers to bring our things down from Iowa to Texas. Over the last 10+ days, we’ve had some real issues with them. Our belonging were due to be delivered today {after a delay}, but we were informed last night it would be delayed again. Can I tell you the words I said {and especially thought} were less than pretty? I was down right angry. Irritable. Frustrated. Mad. That’s my stuff. My Christmas stuff! They’re like my very own Grinch, keeping me from enjoying Christmas.

I even tweeted my anger. And as soon as I hit “send” I thought “Did I just miss the big picture?” “Did I just miss something amazing from God?” I did my friends. I did.

Over the last several weeks God has really challenged me with my comforts. And in the last few days I keep wondering if I am holding on to my stuff more than I am holding onto God. See, last year I battled with moving at Christmas – my favorite holiday. Now this year I am battling it all over again. Where’s my tree? Where are my decorations? Where’s my Christmas?! Yet this year is becoming different. Because this year, like a flame getting brighter, I’m wondering if my priorities are in the right place. Why am I celebrating Christmas? The presents? The food? The family? Where is Christ in my celebrations? Where is my worshiping of Him in all the wrapping papers? Where is the celebration of my Savior’s birth – and therefore redeeming death?

I’m not saying I’m going to totally give up Christmas. That might be a little too shocking to my system. But I do think I need to reevaluate some things – put the true meaning into perspective and ask myself “How do I want our family to celebrate the birth of our Savior?” It’s a tough question and it’s taken a year and two moves for me to ask it. I’m not sure yet, but I’m opening my heart up to the Lord to show me.

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3 Responses to "The Grinch Stole My Christmas"

we finally called it- it made sense to me this weekend after meditating on Holy Experience blog post on “whose birthday is it anyways..” I’m so excited- it’s Jesus birthday!

This blog is inspiring, Sarah! I usually get caught up in the bitter taste of consumerism @ Christmas, and lament that people don’t see the REAL reason. But I’m the one feeling pressured, and thus, yucky. This year, I have literally no extra $ for any gifts, so that pressure is off. I am free to enjoy the sights, sounds, festivities and love of the season. I know u don’t let have decorations @ home, but maybe the other aspects of the season will become brighter for you.

I feel the same way! Last year I had a baby on Christmas Eve, so my whole Christmas season was wrapped up in that (which was a wonderful gift by the way!) And this year we are moving from Chicago to Oklahoma the day after Christmas. So I feel like 2 years in a row I have had to “skip” Christmas, and I am a Christmas fanatic! But you are so right, I don’t have to skip it. It’s right under my nose. Jesus was still born even though I can’t get my real Christmas tree this year. He is still the reason to celebrate. He still lives!

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