I’m standing in line at Toys R Us as I write this. Trust me, I’ve got the time. It’s the Saturday before Thanksgiving, and apparently they’re giving away free money or something because every person in central Kentucky is in line in front of me. I’ve never seen this many people in the store at one time. My wife is doing the math and telling me how I messed up and picked the wrong line. Every line, of course, is moving faster than ours.
It reminds me of how much of Christmas involves waiting. Every time my daughter asks me how long until Christmas, no matter what I say, she always answers with, “that’s too long!” We actually have two advent calendars just to give us something to do while we wait.
Yes, Christmas is a waiting game. Waiting in shopping lines. Waiting in traffic. Waiting for cookies to bake. Waiting for holiday movies to come on TV. Waiting for vacation. Waiting for packages. Waiting for cards. Waiting to see Santa. Waiting for snow. Waiting to put up the tree. Waiting for family to arrive. Waiting for family to leave. Waiting to unwrap presents.
Waiting. Waiting. Waiting. We’re all waiting for something this Christmas.