Preparing for Christmas

This past week we began preparing for Christmas at the Campbell house. This means we have to transport  all the tubs full of decorations from the garage to the house. Then we unfold and unravel everything, and reinstall it.

We have some basic responsibilities:

Troy: Move boxes upstairs, set up Christmas tree, hang exterior lights.
Leigh-Ann: Everything else.
Kids: Decorate your own tree…and stay away from ours :).

I have tried to have a good attitude…really, I have. But in my defense, I’ve been sick (man cold) and it seems like we just took down the Christmas decorations from last year.

So why do we spend so much time preparing for Christmas?

Easy answer….it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

But maybe not for the reasons that come to mind such as….traditions, baking, gifts (giving and receiving), holiday cheer, etc.

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year because it is a celebration of the birth of Jesus. Yep, I’m a Pastor…and you expected me to say this…but you and I each know it’s true :).

This Sunday is the second week of Advent. At New Life this week we will study from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke about the preparation for the birth of Jesus. We will look closely at the Angel’s message to Zechariah, Mary and Joseph to prepare them for the coming Messiah.

When we consider the Old Testament prophesies, Angelic messages, the gathering of shepherds and wise men and so many other events surrounding this “most wonderful time of the year”, there is no doubt that God thought of everything.

So in the midst of our own Christmas plans…let’s not forget God’s plans.