Week in Review

This ‘n’ That

Christmas projection lights. Why? Who decided these were a good idea? Maybe it’s just me, but a disembodied Santa head floating around the front of my house doesn’t exactly give me the Christmas warm-fuzzies. To each his own, I guess!

I can’t believe it’s already December. It still doesn’t feel like the Christmas season but then, I struggle with that every year, so it’s likely not unique to 2020. It does feel strange, though, to not have the same freedom or level of comfort to wander through stores looking for gifts, decorations, or trinkets that you don’t need, but that are festive. 2020 is a good reminder, it seems, that Christmas isn’t actually about any of those things.

It’s not about the gifts or the lights or even the music, beautiful as it may be. None of these are inherently bad or wrong, and they often enhance the season, but the fact that Christmas “feels different” for so many people this year is evidence of the reality that we’ve largely missed the point.

The reality is that the true “reason for the season” does not change with seasons or time. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. And in a year of oddities, change, chaos, and uncertainty, that is precisely the kind of guarantee that we all crave and need. So as we embark on a true Christmas to remember, I hope you find yourself clinging to the One who is unchanging in the midst of it all.

And with that, I suppose it’s time for us to sit back and enjoy the week in review (kind of):

  • I’ve never seen this video of Winter Wonderland.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • I might have to do this next year!
  • What’s sad is that we had to teach people this basic skill in 2020. Be honest, were you already using a paper towel to open the door? I hope so!
  • I missed the tree lighting! Did you see it?

Bethlehem Ephrathah,
you are small among the clans of Judah;
one will come from you
to be ruler over Israel for me.
His origin is from antiquity,
from ancient times.

Micah 5:2 (CSB)
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