The Countdown is On

christmas countdown

Who Started the Countdown Clock

In August I was scrolling through and liking all the first day of school pictures when I noticed something most disturbing. Christmas countdown clocks began appearing on my Facebook feed. Wait, what? It’s crazy. Football season hasn’t even started yet; how in the world can I think about Christmas? I love Christmas, but here in Alabama the heat index is still close to 100 degrees. Nothing says “Merry Christmas!” like the feeling someone threw a wet blanket over your head in a sauna. I think I would rather start the official countdown clock on Halloween. I will be in my school routine by then.

It’s a Heart Thing

After I thought about it for a bit, I realized that in reality I need to keep the spirit of Christmas close to my heart all 365 days a year. The Christmas spirit reminds me to be generous, kind, patient, faithful and humble. My oldest son bought me a decorative Christmas pillow I keep out all year. It has a quote by Charles Dickens on it: “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” I have kept this pillow on a chair I see everyday to remind me to have the Christmas spirit as part of my identity.

Daily Living the Christmas Spirit

Living the Christmas spirit should be easy, but it’s harder than I want it to be. I should be generous to others with my time, talents, gifts and treasures. Kindness is one of the best free gifts you can give someone. Mercy is a companion to kindness. They say patience is a virtue, and this is one I’m continually working on. My walk of faith is called to be genuine and transparent. I want those who call me friend to see me as faithful because I will be be an unwavering friend, standing by others during good and bad times. The one thing I am certain of is that any ability I posses doesn’t come from me but by a loving God who created me. Humility knows that I am blessed beyond measure and so very undeserving.

Embracing the Clock

I have decided to embrace the Christmas countdown clock. I will love what it stands for in my life and remember to live it out every day.

Celebrating Christmas all year!

~ashley

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