It’s four days to Christmas, and once again I find myself wondering, “What happened to December?” Heck, forget December. The question is more like, “What happened to October, November, AND December?”
I ask this same question every year. October-December is my absolute favorite time of the year, and each time this magical trifecta rolls around, I vow that this year will be the year that I will slow down, live in the moment, and enjoy the holiday season. And every year I fail. Instead of slowing down, I feel like life speeds up and in the blink of an eye I seem to go from October 1 to celebrating New Year’s Eve. Instead of focusing on enjoying the holidays and contemplating what they mean, I get caught up in holiday parties, Christmas shopping, sending out Christmas cards, buying ugly sweaters, holiday travel plans…the list goes on. And while there is nothing intrinsically wrong with any of those things, I get so wrapped up in them that I don’t make time for the things that are really important: prayer, contemplation on what Advent truly means and preparing myself for Christ’s joyous birth, enjoying family, and just enjoying being in the holiday season. And so I find myself four days before Christmas asking, “What happened to December?”
These next four days, I want to really try and carve out some personal prayer time. I want to reflect on what little time is left before Jesus’ birth and really prepare my heart for what the 25th means. I want to slow down and enjoy the rest of this time of year. I don’t want to get caught up in the superficial nonsense anymore.