Christmas comes early
Due to the distance we live from our children, it is difficult for us all to get together in the one place at the one time. So for various reasons it became convenient to get together over the weekend and have a Christmas style celebration.
I find it fascinating to read about the festivals in the Old Testament and to read the number of times God instructs them to do no work but rather celebrate. The Biblical pattern is work and rest – not just work, not just rest. God knows it is good for us to spend time eating and drinking the things we enjoy with those we love. It is also good to be generous to those who are less fortunate but not at the expense of our own times of rest and celebration.