“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people.” –Luke 1:68

There was a time when my Christmas trees were perfectly decorated. All of the ornaments adhered to a color scheme, and only white lights were allowed on my tree! Tinsel was most definitely not allowed.

This year, a mis-mash of ornaments hang on our tree. A paper chain decorates only the top half of the tree because the toddler ripped the bottom part of the chain. The lights are colorful, the bottom branches slightly mangled from the slight chaos that four children seem to create. It’s the type of tree that I shuddered at once upon a time. Now, it looks more beautiful to me than any Better Homes and Gardens cover shot ever could. (There’s still no tinsel. I have to draw the line somewhere!)

When I opened up the box from Dayspring and lifted out the beautiful Christmas pillow, I knew that I wanted to find the perfect place for it. I tried out several spots in the living room before finally settling on the corner of the loveseat by the tree. I stood back and smiled at how nice it looked there. Then Little Guy got up from his nap. He spied the new pillow right away and promptly plopped it on the floor and put his head on it. It was then that I remembered why I don’t have decorative pillows on the couches!

But every time I pick that pillow up off the floor and read the words of Luke 1:68 I’m reminded of what Christmas is about. It’s not about picture perfect decorations, exquisitely detailed sugar cookies, or lavish gifts. It’s about our LORD, coming here… in the middle of our sin-filled, messed-up lives, and redeeming us! The price was paid, our liberation from sin made possible by the sacrifice of the One whose birth we celebrate at Christmas. That’s why Christmas is a time of hope. Our Redeemer has come!

“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” –Luke 21:28

And now, a special Christmas gift for one of my readers! The folks over at Dayspring are gifting a beautiful Christmas pillow to one of you! To enter, simply leave a comment and let me know what verse is particularly meaningful to you this time of the year. I’ll choose a random winner on Saturday, December 29th, so be sure you have your comment posted before then.

Note: Dayspring provided me with a pillow in exchange for my blog post. I received no monetary compensation, and all opinions expressed are my own.