Our neighbor down the street still has their Christmas decorations up. Each evening the bushes on the front of their house are filled with the lights of Christmas. Their front window contains a Christmas tree which will be multi-colored one evening, clear lighted the next and some evenings transitions between the two. If you looked solely at their house, you would think that we were in the heart of the Christmas season.
Now, this may upset and disturb you. You may strongly believe that Christmas decorations should be put in their proper place by the first of the year. After New Year’s, the holiday season has ended and it’s time to move on to the business of the new year. Christmas is done and the decorations are gone. You may think it’s utterly ridiculous to have Christmas décor up in February.
As for me, I’ve kind of enjoyed seeing these decorations as I walk Hodie and LuLu each evening. There is still a beauty and peacefulness in seeing a Christmas tree in February. It’s also a reminder for me of the meaning of the Christmas season. Whenever I see a Christmas tree or Christmas lights, I’m reminded of the light that Christ brought into our world. The baby born in that manger in Bethlehem brought hope into a hopeless world. He brought peace into a violent realm. He brought light into a world of darkness. I need to be reminded of this more often than once a year from the end of November to the first of January.
Today, I am thankful for Christmas lights in February. I’m thankful that as the dark evening begins, there is a beacon of light on my street that reminds me of the light that our Savior brought into this dark world. He is our hope. He is our peace. He is our redeemer. He is our Savior. He is the light of the world.