I'm somewhat like a chameleon. My free thinking and somewhat liberal views are well camouflaged by my conventional lifestyle. I do like tradition but I like it best when it stands in opposition to the current culture. My Christmas decorating style reflects this aspect of my personality.
When one of my younger cousins was invited to view our freshly decorated tree, Kim said, "Oh, I don't need to look at it. Your tree looks just the same this year as it did last year." His mother offered up a new theme and color every year. While I admire the elegance of the decorator tree, I want a tree that once had roots and still needs water. While the soft shimmer of white lights are oh-so-tasteful, I prefer red, green, gold, and blue twinkling within green boughs. I don't want to see a lot of "cutesy" ornaments; I scatter a few realistic owls and a couple of bunnies among the green and gold balls and hang the treasured antiques at the top of the tree.
David and I have always supported missions, particularly Wycliffe Bible Translators and this year the persecuted church (in Islamic countries, in Korea, and in China) weighs heavily on our hearts. As we celebrate, we choose to remember our unity with all Christians and proclaim that we are "one with them."
"Come quickly, Lord Jesus."