My son and I were driving to church on Sunday night for youth group. We were running a little late and talking about getting ready for Christmas. I told him I wanted him to go the mall with me and between my schedule and his schedule we were having difficulty coming up with a day that worked.
My son said “This is the first year that Christmas is like a chore and I don’t like that”. He is seventeen. My heart sank. I became silent for a moment as I considered his comment.
Christmas should not feel like a chore for anyone, regardless of their age. Yet somehow we get caught up in the stress of meeting deadlines when we have presents to buy and wrap, cookies to bake, lights to hang and a tree to decorate.
So this Christmas season will not be a chore. It will be my time to appreciate what I have and what I believe. It will be my time to help those in need. It will be my time to reconnect with people I care about but don’t see often. It will be my time for family and my time for reflection. Most of all, it will be a time for peace.