The Promise of Christmas

Friday is Christmas decorations day!!! I’m sure my focus should be on Thanksgiving and all, but I can’t seem to get jazzed about turkey because FRIDAY IS CHRISTMAS DECORATION DAY!!!

Wes and I were strolling through Target yesterday and it took every scrap of self-discipline I had not to buy ALL THE THINGS.

Ornaments, tinsel, Christmas lights. They’re all amazing and they all belong in my house! Right now!

The reason I love Christmas decorations so much is that I’m not normally very big on decorating my house. My house looks nice (in my opinion, at least) but decor is pretty low on my list of priorities.

Except on Christmas.

On Christmas, we have a tree, and trimmings, and lights, and sparkly things, and there’s color everywhere! Everywhere!

This probably doesn’t seem like a big deal to you, but here in Seattle it gets dark at 4 pm during the winter and you start feeling like maybe there isn’t any color left in the whole world. Like the world is swamped with shades of darkness and shadow, swabbed with a patina of frost.

But at Christmas? The frost is pretty. And the cold outside makes the Christmas lights shine brighter. And the world is all glitter, and gold, and firesides, and treats, and it’s all just the nicest way to celebrate Jesus, in my opinion.

So that’s why this week I’m all about Friday. Because turkey is awesome and all, but it’s nowhere near sparkly enough.

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