Christmas and the Tension of Time

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Christmas and the Tension of Time

“What if time grew on trees?” ~Hayley DiMarco, A Woman Overwhelmed

When I read this question in a Bible study, I confess my thoughts drifted first to space on a full calendar and then to a cozy nook in our local library. Time growing on trees would mean I would be able to read all the books! It would mean I could sleep in and still get a great workout every day. It would mean I wouldn’t miss any of my favorite TV shows.

The tension of time seems exacerbated in the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. The extra shopping, travel, end-of-the-year projects for work, and the ramping up of sports practices for my kids all seem to collide in early December. The tension comes with the reminder at every turn that this season is supposed to be about preparing for Christmas.