I was thinking about taking down my Christmas lights today. Here in Minnesota we have been hit with a very unseasonably warm winter. We are actually supposed to have a high of 48 on Saturday. Imagine that! Typically by now we have snow on the ground and the air is so cold that the last thing I want to do is to get outside on a ladder and take down the Christmas lights.
But here is my dilemma: typically once the snow falls it is here til Spring finally arrives. That means that it is March or April before I can take down the lights. So practically speaking, it makes sense for me to take the lights down now, while I still can, before the snow arrives. However, it just doesn’t seem right to take down the Christmas lights on December 29th. We usually stop turning the lights on once we get to New Year’s, but this just seems a little bit too early.
Yesterday, my son Jacob said that he wished that Christmas lasted for a whole week. I agree with him. It seems like Christmas doesn’t last quite long enough. The anticipation and build up to Christmas takes so long, and then in one day, it’s over. We were at the mall yesterday and the stores were already moving on to Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and Easter. I don’t know about you, but I want Christmas to last.
So this Sunday we are going to spend one more day on Christmas. Actually, we are going to look at a piece that is typically included in the traditional nativity story, but is often misunderstood. We will be looking at the visit of the Magi. Were there really 3 of them? Were they kings, wise men, or magicians? Where did they come from and when did they arrive? Those are just a few of the questions we will be asking as we take a look at their amazing story. And then we will be asking the question, “so what can I learn and apply to my life from what I find in their story?” Come on out to The River this Sunday to find out more.