Do you remember how excited you were for Christmas morning when you were a kid? I remember trying so hard to go to sleep on Christmas Eve. My brother and I would lay on the floor in the basement at my grandma's house with our eyes closed, willing ourselves to sleep. We knew when we woke up we could go upstairs and open our stockings. But first we had to sleep.
We had been waiting for this day all month and probably longer! The anticipation was half the fun. We carefully wrote our Christmas lists, picked out presents for our family, counted down the days, drove to grandmas, and sang carols. Everything was leading up to this one morning!
Just look at the joy on that boy's face in the picture! When was the last time you were that excited about something? He's not worrying about how much it cost, the drive home, dinner that needs to be made, or laundry that needs to be folded. No. He's in the moment and can't contain his excitement for his new toy!
I read a devotional last year about having child-like joy, and I wrote in my journal that I wished I greeted every day with the excitement and anticipation of Christmas. I don't need presents waiting for me under the tree or family gathered around to be happy. Each day is new. Even if the baby is sick, Adam's out of town, and it's too cold to go outside, I can greet the day with joy. It doesn't mean I have to like my circumstances, but I can choose how I respond to them. And I want to be joyful.
This Christmas I hope you are reminded that we don't have to wait for this one day a year to celebrate the life and hope that the Christ Child brings. He is with us every day. His blessings are new every morning. And no matter what the day brings, we know we are loved and anticipate his return!