I let out an audible ‘Squeeee!’ in the store yesterday when I saw all the newly displayed Christmas trees and decorations. We need a new tree this year and I can’t wait to find the perfect one. It got me thinking about planning the big family get-together, what to have for dinner and for breakfast, where everyone would sleep, and whether to put the tree in the window where the neighbors could see or have to the side so we can fit everyone into the living room. Of course, I want both.
There’s a Bible verse that goes ‘Man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks upon the heart.’ This is very true at Christmas. There’s lots of fun stuff, but the vital part is the heart and that means friends and families and helping our neighbors.
The outward appearance of Christmas changes. Hopefully, that brings the heart more into focus.
One of my favorite historical reality shows is 1940s House, in which an average British family spends nine weeks living like it was World War II on the Homefront. The British had it a lot harder than Americans and, of course, continental Europeans had it even worse. This is a video of the 1940s House decorated for Christmas- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6mghMcEaMU
Another wonderful historical reality show is Wartime Farm, but its led by historians rather than average families. That’s the book version image at the top of this post. They did an entire episode about Christmas. Here it is- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LR74VHAFhl8
My favorite Christmas movie of all time is Muppet Christmas Carol, although, yes, I do love the old movies, like ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’ Here’s my favorite song from the movie, ‘Thankful Heart.’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bpb9EbmvM5M
Now, back to my planning. 🙂