Sharpie, the Christmas tree coordinator.
By Lisa Nordell-Detres
Last August, I was walking through Costco and was taken aback by the Christmas decorations that were already up in the store more than four months before the actual Holiday. I was too overwhelmed to snap a picture, but one of my Face Book friends who was in another Costco that same day did. He posted a picture of the display with one word, “NOOOOO!” I agreed; it was just too early to start thinking about Christmas. In my world, the weather needs to be at least below 90 degrees before the lights go up.
Last week, I started reading the New Testament accounts of the events leading up the birth of Jesus. So many prophecies were fulfilled in the first few years of Jesus’ life; so many people were involved, whether they knew it or not and so much has happened since then. Over two thousand years later, hundreds of millions of people around the world still celebrate the birth of Jesus, whether they know it or not.
I thought back to 1999 when I had to have surgery about two weeks before Christmas. I had four hours to finish all my Christmas shopping the day before my operation and there was no way I would get my Christmas cards out that year. There was so much I just would not be able to do. I sat back in my hospital bed once the morphine wore off and decided that since Christmas was supposed to be all about Jesus, I would just relax and let it really be “ALL ABOUT JESUS!”
Christmas has not been the same since then, because we all relax and enjoy the season. Whether the cards get sent out or not doesn’t matter so much. We keep in touch with our loved ones either way. If the decorations don’t make it up onto the house, it’s OK. That just makes it easier when January rolls around and everything has to be put away. If there aren’t tons of presents around the tree and our kids can’t make it home for Christmas, that is all right, too, because we love each other and understand that Christmas really is – all about Jesus!
As we head into yet another holiday season, take time to enjoy the turning leaves, the smell of freshly cut pine trees, the Christmas carols and of course, the peppermint mochas. And take lots of time to quietly reflect on the greatest Gift of all. It is and will always be All About Jesus!
Lisa Nordell-Detres is a mother of four, grandma to three boys, a pastor’s wife and has worked in the garment and customer service industries in southern California. Besides writing, Lisa enjoys cooking, sewing, organic gardening, hiking, skiing and doing most anything outside. Lisa is a member of the Central Oregon Writers Guild.
Lisa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, studied Christian Apologetics at Simon Greenleaf University, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Fashion Design from Woodbury University and an MBA from California State University at Northridge. Lisa, her husband and their youngest child now live in central Oregon.