As soon as the Thanksgiving dinner table is cleared, Christmas begins.
Thanksgiving’s newspaper is bulging—not with articles on how people gave thanks
but with retail circulars boasting incredible sales and warning, "Only
twenty-nine more shopping days ‘til Christmas!"
It’s not easy to keep our focus on the Christ-child during the holidays. Long
shopping lists, a plethora of cookies to bake, parties to attend, Christmas
pageants to view, a home to decorate, packages to mail, meals to prepare, and
cards to address can overwhelm us.
I keep two simple jars in my kitchen to remind me where my focus needs to be.
One jar is filled with fist-sized rocks. The other is three-fourths full of
sand. I’ve discovered that I can pour all the sand into the rock jar, with the
grains filling in nicely around the rocks. However, if I try to wedge the rocks
into the jar three-fourths full of sand, the rocks won’t fit. As the innkeeper
said, "There is no room."