Day 17: No Longer a "Hollow"-Day
The needles of the Christmas tree
are beginning to cover the floor.
are ready to fall off
of the now weakened branches.
The outside garland and bows
are beginning to droop
at the store are emptying
as they make room for valentines day.
The Hallmark Christmas specials
are being replaced with football games
they are all~
Getting tired of Christmas.
Are you getting tired of Christmas as we are only days before the big day?
The pressure rising
to check everything off of the list
what if you don’t get everything done~
What if you don't buy the present?
What if you don't get the cookies baked?
What if you don't feel like falalalalal-ing this week~
you are tired of Christmas?
I am tired of Christmas.
I am tired of hearing the words
“I have so much to get done”
“What can I get for him or her”
“I only have ____ days left to shop”~
have the power to turn
Christmas into a
A day without
This morning I feel
hollow and am
questioning what is wrong with me
because I am not “feeling” like it is
as I am
trying to conjure up the feelings of
that childlike Christmas spirit
of great anticipation and great expectation ..
Santa to come.
But as an adult,
just because I no longer wait for Santa to come,
does that mean I no longer have great anticipation and great expectation?
It all depends on where I am putting my hope~
is not seen~
not in what present
I am going to buy or receive
whether I get everything done for the one big day.
is not in a day.
returns this morning
as I sweep up the needles on my floor
and look up at the star
that leads me to the sleeping
in the manger
Who is my
Who takes the
out of my day,
out of every moment
this Christmas season.
I may be tired of the Christmas Season,
but that doesn’t mean I am tired of
is who I am focused on.
who has transformed this heart of mine
into the heart of a child~
filled with great anticipation and expectation
because of all
has for me
He is the
I have to open
today, tomorrow and the day after that.
Who takes the hollow out of my every day.
when my heart is filled with
who is my
He is the only
Gift of Christmas.
Are you tired of Christmas?
Is it a just a Hollow-Day?
"What is Christmas? If there never was a Savior wrapped in a manger. What is Christmas without Christ?"
The Chorus from this beautiful song,
"This is Christmas"