Tis the season for joy, laughter, love, smiles, and good food. It is also the season for presents, but presents come in many forms and fashions. This season, as some believe, started with Thanksgiving, and goes through the New Year. And, throughout it, we hear the phrase “Tis the Season.” It started in a Christmas Carol, Deck the Halls, from 1862. Today it is used so much more and year-round but saying it does bring that song to mind. “Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la, la la la la…”


I use this phrase often throughout the year, not just during the holidays. When my beloved summer turns to the chill of fall, it is “Tis the season.” When my allergies start acting up, “Tis the season.” When my neighbor brings me an abundance of home-grown squash, “Tis the season.” I only hope I have Jesus in mind when I think of this phrase. He really is the reason for every season.


But let us be honest.  It has been a hard year. This year has impacted everyone in some way to some extent. We have all been randomly displaced at some time or another and it is not over. So how do we find joy and laughter from such a wayward year? We must remember the reason for the season. We must look at our families and remember the opportunities we had to get to know each other so much better. We must think of each smile we have shared with someone. Maybe that someone was in your family or maybe it was someone you have given a helping hand to or an encouraging word to. And then we must be thankful for God’s provisions, the good food He has and will continue to give us. It may not have been what we wanted when we wanted it, but it was provided.

It might have been a little difficult at times to feel God’s provisions through this year, but He was there. He always makes sure we have what we need if we believe. Tis the season to believe. Tis always the season to believe. All of that should give us joy and if we look back, we can probably think of some situation through it all that will make us smile or even laugh. I know I can. I smile and laugh over the joy my family gets swinging in the swing I made from a broken glider I found on the side of the highway during my shelter in place. I smile over having to try a new makeup because my brand was no longer available during the pandemic and the new brand is cheaper. And I love the memories made during what seemed like endless days that I got to spend with my husband while we were made to stay at home. That time added moments of fondness and so many laughs to our life together.


So whatever care or worry we may have left for this year, let us put it aside and think, “Tis the season.”

Tis the season to remember the birth of Jesus. To remember Him as the greatest present of all and from the greatest giver, our God. And this great present lasts for eternity complete with all the joy, laughter, love, and smiles. And it is only by God’s love and mercy that we can have it. And for that reason alone, we can be jolly, fa la la la la, la la la la.


James 1:17


“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights,

who does not change like shifting shadows.”


Happy Holidays!

Tis the Season
by Carole Gilbert

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