Christmas In July

            A few weeks ago I was "channel surfing"... yes, I am guilty of being a channel surfer!  I came across one of the television shopping channels and low and behold they were selling Christmas trees!  The show was composed of all Christmas items as they were celebrating Christmas in July.  I thought to myself, oh my goodness...  this is way too soon to be even thinking about Christmas let alone buying a Christmas tree or decorations or some kind of Christmas gift.  I resumed surfing thrugh the channels but my mind stayed on that shopping channel and how it seems so very early to be buying Christmas things.  

            I got to thinking about the Christmas season and how in this day and age it seems to be such a very busy time in our lives.  We have to shop, wrap, bake, attend various get-togethers and, for Shepherd's Voice, it is a very busy time as we do a lot of singing during the Christmas season.  I always feel rushed and hurried and sometimes not getting things done when and how I want to do them.  Maybe this Christmas in July thing wasn't so bad after all.  If we started doing things far in advance to prepare for Christmas, maybe we could actually celebrate Christmas the way I believe we should be celebrating... by remembering the real reason we have Christmas.  Wouldn't it be nice to celebrate Christmas with none of the hustle and bustle that usually goes on a few weeks before Christmas?  Wouldn't it be nice to be able to actually celebrate with family and friends the birthday of our Lord and Savior?  He came into the world, lived and died so that you and I could have eternal life, and all we have to do is to ask Him into our lives and hearts.  

            Shepherd's Voice sings a song entitled "I Need a Silent Night."  Maybe we can't totally alleviate all of the hustle and bustle of the season, but we should all look for that "silent night," that peaceful time in our lives when we reflect on Jesus - the real reason for Christmas.


Picture 1:  Debby Petrosky, Linda Yohe, Debbie Harn, Connie Petrosky
Picture 1:  Debby Petrosky, Linda Yohe, Debbie Harn, Connie Watkins.  Picture 2:  Connie Watkins, Debby Petrosky, Linda Yohe, Debbie Harn