That's where it all breaks down.
That's where we lose our focus.
That's how a Holy Day becomes a Holiday.
Do you really want this time to be different? Do you really want to reflect the joy of His coming this Season?
Consider what Mary did.
But Luke says that she took in all of the newness and "pondered." She reflected. She brought it all into her heart and sorted through it in stillness and quiet. Oh, she may have been washing or cooking or changing the swaddling clothes, but she was still and quiet in her spirit. She was focused.
That's the secret. Pondering. Asking the hard questions. Why do we do this? What does He want from me? How can I celebrate Him fully for His birthday? Who can I introduce to Him? Does He really have first place in my day, my mind, my actions, my life?
Stillness of spirit.
"But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart."