Two words that spur a vast array of emotions – excitement, fun, stress, overwhelming, happiness, the list goes on. Yet, despite the different emotions, there’s nothing quite like Christmas morning. The kids wake up at an ungodly hour as they anticipate their new gifts, running, jumping and screaming to let you know that the best day of the year has finally arrived. We roll out of bed, working to cover up the late night of wrapping, preparation, and of course, finishing up Santa’s cookies.
While so much joy comes with this day, a diligent number of hours have been logged to make this day such a special one for our loved ones. Much searching, planning, prodding and spending has occurred, leaving us with a sense of satisfaction and relief when smiles are spread across the room that morning. Although our hard work deserves to be noted and appreciated, take a few minutes to ponder the reality of Christmas and the searching, planning and spending that occurred many months prior America’s favorite day of the year.
Have you ever noticed that, sometimes as early as the end of September, stores begin to put out Christmas decorations even though the holiday season has not even yet begun? It is reasonable that most of us wouldn’t know that 6 months to 1 year prior to this seemingly absurd sighting, store managers were placing orders to prepare for the rush of the holiday season (for those that decorate just a few months too early). Once those orders are placed, the production begins. The manufacturer builds the individual parts, assembles the product and packages the product, all leading up to where the real magic begins.