They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. ~Genesis 3:8
Hundreds of thousands of generations between Adam and Eve and us, and we still have the tendency to hide when the Lord might be nearby. I find that I feel that the holiday season has become a giant contest to see who can celebrate the birth of Christ, without actually inviting him to the party.
Don’t get me wrong- I love Christmas! I put my tree up the day after Thanksgiving, and it doesn’t come down until Epiphany (Easy to do when it is a giant fake tree!). We play Christmas music, have a room decorated with nothing but nativities, and get all pretty-ed up to attend our Christmas Eve mass. However, I have found that Christ is not present in the frenzied tree decorating, the constant scolding of the kids “DON’T TOUCH”, and the chaos of finding the correct tights, and the shoes that fit before heading to church.
I decided this year to focus on the Christmas presence, instead of Christmas presents. We are cutting back on gifts to each other, and trying for more meaningful gifts to other members of our family. We are searching for the Wandering Wisemen (Check back for more about that adventure!), and concentrating on preparing our hearts for His presence, rather than the house for some presents.
What about you? Do you feel the Christmas presence in your preparations? How do you find the holiness in this (too often hectic) season of preparation?