Last night’s services were a holy, mysterious and wonderful celebration of Christ’s birth. Christmas Eve services are my favorite of the year - I’m not much of a morning person so Easter is always a little bit of a challenge. But something about spending the whole afternoon all the way through to midnight in worship of the Savior Child Jesus, in different liturgical styles, renews my spirit like no other day of the year. When I walk out of the church building at midnight, I’m both ridiculously tired and fully refreshed.
Last week, a friend of mine posted this on Facebook:
"I'm astounded Christmas is right around the corner. Can't I just add in an extra week of festivities? Pretty please? I want more tree-lightings and pageants and dressing up in sparkly clothes and people being extra nice to one another, all of it…”
I immediately related to her feelings. Well, except the sparkly clothes part. But no matter how hard I try, it always feels like all of a sudden Christmas Eve is here and I feel like I’ve missed it. I try to catch up on every devotional guide to Advent, say a couple of extra prayers, and even binge-watch Christmas movies to squeeze every last drop of this season. But then I remember something. Christmas isn’t just today. It merely starts today. While most of the world will move on to New Year’s Eve and resolutions and 2014, we get to stay in Christmas. For as long as we want. Everything leading up to this has just been preparation. NOW it’s Christmas. All of those things my friend and I fear are over too quickly don’t have to be.
So before this day winds down and before we give in to the urge to get to 2014 and new things, commit with me to celebrate the season of Christmas for as long as we can. Let’s take the hope we felt last night during worship and make it a permanent part of who we are. You never know, it might just catch on.
Joe Mazza is the Director of Worship Arts at BUMC. You can contact Joe here.