Christmas: Why do we do this again?


Yesterday I was standing in Kohl’s, staring at dress socks — debating between black and brown and blue, plain or patterned — all in the name of one more thing to put in my husband’s stocking, when I overhead two older ladies say, “I just can’t wait until this is over.” They were referring to the hustle and bustle of Christmas. And I immediately thought, “why do we do this again?”

I have my well-worn, hand-written list of all my family members and others for whom I need to buy gifts. The list includes their name, gift ideas, and a nice little check mark next to their name when I’ve completed their gift. I write out my list of stores that I need to get to, and I spend my days and evenings running to and fro, ending up crouched on the floor in my craft room, wrapping each gift.

It’s fun — and then it’s not so fun. I feel like Christmas has become a “task,” something to check off the list. We can relax when it’s over, right? That, my dear readers, is not how it’s supposed to be.

If you’ve read my blog over the past year, you know by now that I love Jesus. And sometimes, I just need to be reminded that the reason we give gifts, the reason we have this holiday, is because God sent his only son to be born in a lowly manger. There was no room in the inn, nor was it perfectly decorated or filled with perfectly wrapped gifts. It was humble, it was real, and it was — and still is — the best gift ever.

If it were up to me, I wouldn’t spend money on gifts. I most certainly wouldn’t look for creative ways to wrap a gift card so it doesn’t look like a gift card. And, I most likely wouldn’t even put up a huge Christmas tree. It’s just all so much work. {Yikes, I sound like Ebenezer Scrooge!} No, I do it because I love to watch my kids and nieces and nephews open their gifts with excitement. I do it because my daughter loves putting up the tree. I do it because it’s important to those I love.

My friend, Tracie, shared an interesting perspective on her website over at, and I wanted to share it with you. If you have four minutes, it’s worth the listen. It’s titled, “Why do we do all of this, again?”

Whatever you do over the next few days, I want to wish you a wonderful Christmas!

“In the hustle and bustle of everything we do this holiday season, even though it may not be important to us, as long as it’s important to someone, it makes it all worthwhile.” —Tracie Shroyer, a real mom and my friend

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2 Comments on Christmas: Why do we do this again?

  1. Shelley Montbriand
    December 25, 2015 at 9:44 am (2 years ago)

    Love your blog Julee!! I love everything about it! It speaks to me! Thanks!

    • Julee
      December 26, 2015 at 2:11 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much for the kind words, Shelley! I appreciate you following along!


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