When Christmas Can’t Wait

Posted by jon on November 17, 2009 in family and friends |

Christmas is easily my favorite time of year. As I’ve already discussed, I love the music. It is a uniquely wonderful time that is awesome in its relevance to our faith and unifying as it brings families and friends together. I love to decorate for Christmas. The tree, the lights, outside, inside, its all good. However, as much as I enjoy it, I’ve never understood those people who have all their lights out 2 weeks before Thanksgiving. I mean these days you can’t buy a Halloween costume at Wally World without a Santa looking over your shoulder. Play the music, get the JC Penny wish book in the mail asap but lets eat some turkey before we go nuts on Christmas decorating.

Now all that being said Christmas has come early to the Coder house. That’s right; we had our trees up by Nov 14th. As I recall our 1st Christmas being married we barely got a christmastreetree by Dec 14th.) Before my hypocrisy consumes me I will explain. With the ever growing size and numbers of Christmas displays in stores Cee has become more and more enthralled with them. She will stand amazed at the trees and lights. Eventually she’ll exclaim, “Its Christmas Daddy”.

So how could I deny myself that daily joy for the next 6 weeks? Of course I couldn’t. I set up our trees and got them decorated. Yes, there 2 trees. There is our full size tree in our extra room (lovingly called the “man room”) and a Cee sized tree set up in the living room with her toys. The large tree has all our favorite ornaments (to those who care, I got the shuttle to work this year. It really is Christmas), and Cee’s tree is plastic bobbles and a string of colored beads she calls its “necklace”.

Our efforts were immediately rewarded when Cee saw her tree the next morning. She told Tiff, “I’ve got Christmas Mommy. I have red, blue, green…”. Tiff explained to her that her dad set up her trees. I am still getting “thank you daddy” on a regular basis. There is nothing that can compare to her wonder and pure joy.

02babyjesusI will draw this quick point. How much of the Christmas season do we just “get through”? Between family, extended family, travel, shopping, work and church parties, and the innumerable Christmas specials how often do we stop and have that Charlie Brown moment where it all comes back to the true story of Christmas? Our Father has set out the glory of His son for us. When was the last time you were so overjoyed all you could say is, “I have Christmas” and “Thank you daddy”? God is Everywhere.


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