Christmas Eve

It was so perfect that you would think it was fake at first glance

I went out of tea the other night to a neighbour’s house.  They had the most perfect Christmas tree I have ever seen.  Sure the decorations were colour-coded and perfectly placed however it was the actual tree that caught my attention.  It had been perfectly crafted.  Each branch was the right shape with the correct amount of foliage and completely in proportion all the way up to the top.  It was so perfect that you would think it was fake at first glance but then the natural smell of pine that emanated from it was a quick giveaway.  I could have stood there all night admiring its beauty.

I do love all the Christmas decorations.  From perfect Christmas trees to fairy lights, they all add to the anticipation of the festive season.  However, they are in such contrast to the first Christmas.  Two nobodies enter into a full city, only to find the most humble of places to rest.  A baby born into little security and laid to rest on someone else’s left-overs.  It’s a far cry from our Christmas celebrations today but a great reminder of how low our God was willing to stoop to connect with us.

This Christmas, amongst all the decorations, food and festivities may we not forget that amazing act of love and may we take time out to give praise to the God who gave it all for us.

Happy Christmas everyone.

This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.