December 25, 2010
I think my favorite thing about Christmas decorations is the lights. They bring such a cheerful sparkle to the darker days and long evenings. I especially love the glow of the Christmas tree late in the evening. When the kids have gone to sleep and everything is quiet and calm, I love to just sit by the tree with no other lights on. It feels peaceful, and something else. It's not that the tree is so important, there's just this feeling I can't quite put into words. Perhaps it's a comfort, a reverence, a deep satisfaction in the true meaning of Christmas. It finds me there, in the glow of the lights in the darkness, maybe like the glow of the special star over the stable that night in Bethlehem. I don't like to turn off the lights, I want to linger there and soak it up. I want the feeling to last more than just a moment, I want to carry it with me always. Soon enough we'll be starting a new year and all the plans and busyness that go with it, but for now, I'm enjoying the glow of Christmas.