As I was paying at the register I realized something.
The entire shop was completely VOID of Christmas. There were no lights, no Christmas tree, no garland, no holiday music . . . absolutely NOTHING. The realization stopped me in my tracks. I was actually stunned. I turned and asked the kid behind the counter about it and he seemed almost as surprised as I was. It was as if it was the first time he had realized there was not a single acknowledgement of the season. I also asked the girl behind the ice cream counter why there were no decorations and she just shrugged and said, “Oh, yeah. I guess I should put up some stockings or something,” YA THINK?
What in the world is happening? Where is the Christmas spirit?
Since my last post I have been trying to adjust my attitude regarding Christmas and I have been reminding myself to focus on the reason we celebrate it. Last night for instance, I devoted my prayer time to giving thanks for the precious gift I have been given in Jesus. I tried to imagine what my life would be like without the gift of salvation, the promise of heaven, and the blessing of being His own. It would be pretty grim without Him.
He is worth celebrating every day.