Our neighbor has an electric Rudolph and glowing mailbox counting down the days until Christmas. According to my high voltage friend, there’s only 9 days left. The month is going quick!

There have been many years where Bre and I sit down after Christmas and ask, “Where did December go?” Have you ever experienced that feeling? Usually after our shock subsides we’ll make some kind of Christmas pact to “slow down” the following December. Sadly, it’s never happened…

This year we were finally able to block off a Friday night meant only for family time. We made hot chocolate, bundled up in warm clothes, played a few Christmas hymns, looked at lights, and selected our very own neighborhood champ of Christmas décor. It was a blast!

One memorable moment from our journey came when Peyton Faith (age 7) stopped and pointed out a home we’d all missed. It didn’t have big lights or blinking lights so it hadn’t come close to topping our boy’s board of holiday success. Surprisingly, it only had one light – a small star. And, then below the star, humbly written on a piece of stained oak was the note, “Jesus is the reason…” Peyton softly piped up, “That’s my first favorite, because it’s about Jesus.”

Peyton was pointing out something that I’m still learning – less is more – The humble décor of Christ means much more than the corporate commercialism of Santa. And, the intimate walks with family provide memories more lasting than the loudest Disney show. I believe it was Steve Jobs who said; “I learned late in life that I could not buy the things that mattered most.”

Set some time aside this holiday. The little star matters most.


Posted by Anthony Wood

Anthony is Pastor of Mission Bible Church in Tustin, CA, and has authored the books Defining Church & Defining Family. He’s married to Bre, and they have three children. More @AnthonyGeneWood

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