This is the time of year that many people decorate their homes - inside and out - with a multitude of lights and epic scenes of holiday cheer.
If money isn't much of an object, it isn't hard to quickly overdue holiday decorating. You've probably seen the stories on the slow news days about people who decorate their houses to the extent that they can be seen from the International Space Station.
My wife and I, when we celebrated our first Christmas as husband and wife 19 years ago, decided that we would decorate for Christmas tastefully and not too much over the top. I've been mostly successful in this endeavor.
Decorating our house to light up at night has been great fun for us. It also sends a signal to anyone driving by that we celebrate Christmas at our house. Light is a powerful symbol for the celebration of Christmas. We are celebrating the coming of the Light of God's love - Jesus Christ - into a world darkened by sin.
As our sons grew old enough to help out in the decorating, we added another dimension to our celebration - making it truly a family tradition. They help us hang lights on our Christmas tree. They unpack the creche and place the figurines - recalling to mind once again the true meaning of Christmas.
Decorating at our house is more than just putting lights up. All our decorations point us to the reason for the season - the coming of Jesus Christ.