a-christmas-carolTo say that my wife loves Christmas is an understatement. We had our tree up before Thanksgiving this year and usually have it up 4-5 weeks before Christmas. She really gets into the decorating, the baking, the music and, of course, the shopping. Less so the shopping than the other parts of it but she enjoys an annual excursion for the black Friday deals.

I play the role of the supportive husband. I’ve grown to like having the decorations up and the music playing in the background. Even as I type this there are pies in the oven for one more family gathering this Thanksgiving weekend. And I am being watched by her collection of ‘A Christmas Carol’ figurines.

Growing up, I lived in the country so there was no need for our family to put up outdoor lights. But we live in a subdivision on the edge of town now so my wife has encouraged me in putting up lights on the house.

A few years ago I bought a couple strands of lights and hung them up on the gutter. A year later, I bought a few more and hung those up on the gutter as well extending all the way across the front of our house. It is simple and tasteful. (Nothing like the Griswold’s.)

I don’t mind putting up the lights. I enjoy it because she enjoys it. And it helps get me into the Christmas spirit too. She makes the whole month of December a lot of fun around here. We get to enjoy Christmas for a whole month!

I know December is a busy month for most people, but I hope you get a chance to enjoy the season. I hope you have some fun family movie nights with your favorite Christmas movies. I hope you get to spend some time caroling or ringing bells or going to a Christmas party.

Above all, I hope you remember the reason for the season as we head into December. Jesus came as a gift to the world to save us from sin and death. Don’t forget the best Gift!

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
~ Isaiah 9:6 ~