Marji Laine: Faith~Driven Fiction

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Wonder of Christmas

Christmas TreeThe lights on our family  Christmas tree twinkle non-stop, and I find myself mesmerized by them from time to time. Even when I’m supposed  to be working. And I heard something about Christmas lights the other day which I adapted into a little Christmas Tree Personality Quiz. Did you know your tree speaks volumes about you? 

  • White lights on the tree mean you like to keep things clean looking. Peace is something you’re seeking this Christmas and a white-light tree gives you that elegant, calming look. Don’t worry about things that get out of place, though. Getting a little messy is par for Christmas.
  • Colored lights on the other hand, don’t actually represent the opposite. Rather they show the an inhibition, a delight in everything about the season and a wish to inspire the joy in others. With a tree like that, though, the tiny bit of clutter in the house can amplify. Make sure you make your own Christmas bright by keeping the “hot spots” empty and flat spaces cleaned off.
  • If you use one solid color on your tree—blue, red, green (what’s the purpose with that?), purple, or gold—you decorate for style. Everything coordinates, from the mantle to the gift wrapping, to the dining room table. Gorgeous, and sure to get oohs and ahhs. Be careful that you don’t miss the fun of the season by trying to make sure everything is perfect.
  • If you have twinkle lights on the tree, your place is party-central! People are coming in at out at all times. Every flat surface hold two or three decorations and a set of coasters. Fun is the definition of your holiday. Be sure to enjoy some quiet time, too, though. You don’t want to go back to work exhausted. And as with the colored light crowd, avoid stress by keeping the clutter (mail, cords, wrapping scraps, etc.) to a minimum. If you feel your room is messy, turn off the twinkles. See if that settles your spirit a bit.
  • And if you have strings of lights that aren’t working correctly: either they’re flashing when they shouldn’t or they’re out and leaving a hole in your tree, that doesn’t make you a lazy person. It could simply mean that the people in your Christmas are more important than your decorations. First, make sure you fix the lights when you take the tree down so that they’ll be ready for next year. And second, be careful not to let the people around you, their reactions, rule your emotions and your self-esteem.

And as you gaze at your tree, don’t forget that this—the lights, the music, the sparkle and animated decorations—this isn’t the wonder of Christmas. The wonder is that God knows our hearts, the deepest part of our self-centeredness and every ugly thought we’ve ever had, yet He still loves us and He still sent His Son to the world, so that Christ’s death would bring us into a relationship with God.

Now that’s truly awesome. May the wonder of His love and sacrifice overwhelm you this Christmas.

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Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a homeschooling mom with teenage twins left in the nest. She spends her days transporting to and from volleyball, teaching writing classes at a local coop, and directing the children’s music program at her church. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

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