It’s a Wonderful Life
Hey, have you watched any holiday movies yet? I love a quiet evening to myself, wrapping Christmas presents and watching a Christmas movie. Now, if you can’t stand made-for-TV holiday movies, don’t worry. I’m not really here to convince you they’re for everyone. Instead, I want to encourage you to embrace whatever simple comfort helps you find your way back to the Reason for this holiday season.
Does Christmas music warm your heart? Go for it.
Does driving past that house with the crazy lights make you laugh every time? Do it.
Are you craving daily Christmas cookies? Why not?!
Or on a more serious note . . .
Do you need to watch four different sermons this week because you’re missing in-person church so much?
Are you wishing you could stay home, even though everyone else is getting together?
Is your Advent devotional the only thing keeping you from spiraling into a dark place?
Then I say, Do it. Do whatever it is that brings you comfort and joy in this season, that pulls you closer to the One we celebrate this time of year — our Emmanuel.
The truth is that this year has been challenging in ways we never expected, ways we were not equipped to handle. We might be tempted to think our “silly” traditions don’t even matter.
But our reason for celebrating the holidays — with all the traditions — hasn’t changed. Our true comfort is in Christ, and our real joy is in Him.
We need the comfort of Christmas more than ever. And if you find some of that in candy canes or white lights or Christmas carols or even in my beloved holiday movies, I hope you embrace those things with joy. Just don’t forget the One who loves you most, who never changes, and who is always there for you.
Blessings, Miriam Lindemann