Slow Christmas : The Tree

I was talking with a friend recently, a great fan of the Christmas season, who asked when we’re putting our tree up.

“Well,” I hesitated, “we’re waiting until December 21st.”

A conversation was sparked about how differently God calls families to within his Kingdom. They have felt called to really CELEBRATE holidays, and are gifted with the talent to do so in a wonderful and beautiful way.

Brad and I feel called to explore a different kind of Christmas this year.

“Slow Christmas”

When Christmas is over we often wish we had done it differently.

A couple of years ago I made a note from a book on mountaintop mining. Erik Reece says in “Lost Mountain”, “Individualism is the right to passively consume in pursuit of a happiness based on convenience; individuality is a more creative attempt to invent oneself and one’s life based not on commercial influences but on a more direct, intuitive combination of knowledge, passion and responsibility.”

This year we’re taking a risk, encouraged by an 8 year old who suggested waiting until Christmas Eve to decorate, and putting up our tree on the winter solstice.

We’ll celebrate the longest night of the year by hanging lights.

Light into darkness. The coming of the Messiah.

I am joyful in expectation of this experiment.