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Monday, December 19, 2011

Stuff Your Stocking Blogfest: Delia Latham

Making Room at the Inn
© 2011 Delia Latham

With Christmas fast approaching, signs of the season are everywhere.

Beautifully decorated trees adorn every store window and mall walkway. Tinsel, ornaments, lots of red and green…all familiar, well-loved traditions that make the season festive. Christmas music is piped into every possible sales venue to put shoppers in the Christmas (i.e., buying) spirit.

The lyrics to one of those songs talks about the twelve days of Christmas.

I don't know a lot about partridges in pear trees. What lords a-leaping and swans a-swimming have to do with Christmas is beyond me. Somewhere in the annals of history, there could be a reason they made their way into this song…I don't know.

But I do know about a newborn baby in a manger, surrounded by animals and angels and a few very wise men. I know about an inn that could not find room for the Christ-child. I know about these things because they are what Christmas is all about.

I enjoy a gorgeous Christmas tree as much as the next person. I love all the pretty baubles hanging on the branches, and the smell of pine. Nothing gives me greater pleasure then placing my angel at the tip top of the tree when everything else is hung and strung and picture perfect. You just can't beat that bated-breath feeling during the countdown to the "plug-in" and seeing the tree light up for the first time…sparkling, twinkling, filling hearts with the joy of the season.

I love that! I do.

My heart is thrilled at the sight of children tearing into the gifts they've waited all month to see. I especially enjoy all the extra love that seems to just be there on Christmas day. It's as if everyone tries a little harder to be kind, loving, and forgiving—thinking a little more of others, and a little less of themselves.

Giving and receiving…but especially giving, is a beautiful part of the season. And what could be more welcoming than the fragrance of hot apple cider, cinnamon and bayberry, and pumpkin pie spices wafting through a home?

Those are all good things. Great things.

But I can't help but wonder.

Have we over-filled our holidays with gifts and decorations and cooking and scheduling a dozen and one Yuletide events, to the extent that—once again—there's no room for Christ? When our little ones dive under the tree on Christmas morning, headed straight for the biggest box they can find…is that all the day means to them? Have we taken time to tell them about that lowly inn in Bethlehem? When they sing "Away in a Manger," do they have even the slightest clue as to what a manger is, and why this one made its way into a song?

Or have we allowed our children to think Christmas is all about talking snowmen, elves and reindeer, and jolly men yelling ho-ho-ho?

If the Christmas morning of tomorrow is to have any meaning beyond the commercial holiday it has become, it's up to us to make it so.

Let's open the door to Christ on Christmas!

Bring that baby in out of the cold and allow His love to make Christmas CHRIST-filled. Unlock the doors of your "inn," and let Jesus spend Christmas at your house.

He is, after all, the Reason for the season…

Born and raised in Weedpatch, California, Delia Latham moved to Oklahoma in '08, making her a self-proclaimed California Okie. She loves to read and write in her country home, and gets a kick out of watching her husband play Farmer John. She's a Christian wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, but especially loves being a princess daughter to the King of Kings. She loves Dr. Pepper and hearing from her readers. Contact her through her website or e-mail delia AT delialatham DOT net.

Delia writes inspirational romance and women's fiction, and is currently contracted through White Rose Publishing and Vinspire Publishing.

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Debby said...

Beautifully said. We lose site of what Christmas is actually about. We need to bring that back and say Merry Christmas.

Clare Revell said...

Lovely post Delia. And somewhere I have a piece written - not by me - about what happened when someone took that song literally and the woman he loved ended up with 12 drummers drumming, 22 pipers piping etc etc etc. Proving it is much better to give than to receive.

Jean P said...

Very well said post, I agree somewhere along the line, we have lost sight of the true meaning of Christmas. May you have a wonderful Christmas.

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Delia Latham said...

Merry Christmas to each of you, as well! :)

Laura Briggs said...

Beautiful--thanks for sharing this!

Kathleen said...

Amen! I always enjoy what you write. Keep it up Lady!

Delia Latham said...

Glad you enjoyed it, Laura and Kathleen. :) Have a beautiful, Christ-filled Christmas!

LoRee Peery said...

Beautiful post, Delia. One of our city high schools had "the reason for the season" on their marquee. Such an uproar ensued that it was removed.

Delia Latham said...

That's so sad, LoRee...and scary. It breaks my heart to see America becoming what it is becoming.

shadow_kohler said...

Great post! So true. My family doesnt do presents. We were just talking ealier about people not remembering the christmas meaning anymore. Instead for christmas, we make a nice dinner, we each get a stocking of candy, and we spend the day together watching christmas movies and playing games. ;) Hope you have a wonderful christmas! Thank you!

Delia Latham said...

I like the way your family thinks, Shadow. :) Merry Christmas to all of you!

wanda f said...

Wonderful post.Happy Holidays

Marianne Evans said...

Oh, I'm UN-fashionably late as usual!!! Delia, this post is just what I needed as I dash around!! THANK YOU, sweet and dear friend, and may your CHRISTmas be blessed, and abundantly beautiful!! xo

Delia Latham said...

Merry Christmas, Wanda!

Marianne, unfashionable or not, I love it when you show up. :) A beautiful Christmas filled with warmth, love, and lots of family to you and yours!

Na said...

I can just picture the smell of pumpkin pie and cinnamon. Very cozy. Christmas seems to bring out a lot of good from people. It's a season of giving and showing gratitude that warms a lot of hearts.


Delia Latham said...

Thank you for commenting, Na - and a very Merry Christmas to you!

Clare Revell said...

Knew I had the 12 days thing somwhere Delia

Frank said...

Thank you for the lovely post, Delia--an excellent reminder for us not to lose sight of what and why we celebrate Christmas! Hoping your celebrating was merry, memorable, and centered on the true Reason for this season.

--flchen1, using DH's account
f dot chen at comcast dot net

Kathryn Merkel said...

Delia, your post was spot on. We've allowed corporations & advertising agencies to tarnish the meaning of Christmas with commercialism. It doesn't help that the anti-religion & politically correct groups are attempting to erase the word Christmas from our vocabulary.

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VampedChik said...

Great post! Thanks so much for sharing! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. And that you have a great new year!

Delia Latham said...

I appreciate all of your comments! Good luck to each of you in the drawing.