Oh Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
Oh night divine, the night when Christ was born;
Oh night, Oh Holy Night , Oh night divine!
Oh night, Oh Holy Night , Oh night divine!

Once Thanksgiving has gone and we are heading toward December I love listening to Christmas music. Prior to that day though, I cannot stand it. It isn’t that the music is less beautiful before that day, but that we rush the year along too fast.

We start the holiday season earlier and earlier every year. This year, back in August, while back to school supplies were still all over the stores, Christmas snuck in. In the seasonal aisles of the stores ornaments, wreaths and lights began to appear.

There was still Labor Day, Halloween, and Thanksgiving to go, but Santa was everywhere already. The aisles had very little by way of Halloween decorations or costumes, until right before Halloween. My love of all things Halloween is known far and wide. I should be allowed to spent more than a week buying decorations and costume items.

That isn’t all of it though. We rush the whole year away. Starting from January 1st of each new year, we look forward to the next big thing. January we look toward Valentine’s Day with fake roses, cheap chocolates and stuffed animals taking over the shelves before all the Christmas clearance is even sold. Before Valentine’s is gone, Easter is taking over.

We rush it. Life is short. If we are lucky we get 76 or so years on the planet. Less than 28,000 days to be here, to be present, to enjoy our families, children, friends. Why do we rush it?

That is why the Christmas music has to wait. I want to enjoy each day, take them as they come. That is another reason I am really not a big fan of this holiday season. The rush and bustle and no time to just sit and enjoy your day.

It is all just run, run, run. Bake this. Wrap that. Decorate for this. Oh, no you forgot that. There is no time to just sit back, under the tree lights and enjoy the soft glow. You aren’t allowed to do that.

Except, I did just that today. I had a migraine when I woke up, so instead of doing the dozen things I had scheduled for today, I turned on the tree lights, turned off the computer, the cellphone, and just rested. When, I was awake, the lights were just enough to make the room look beautiful without overwhelming my brain.

When, I slept, they were there in my dreams. One day, where my body forced me to take the time to enjoy the tree, to think about my family, my friends and my life. One day where I enjoyed the Christmas season without rushing or hurting myself or worrying about what to do next.

I know tomorrow I have to make up what I didn’t finish today. I have to wrap and bake and finish up our preparations for the season. But, today I just let it be.