Day 11

December 13

Galatians 4:4-5

4 "But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship."

The “Laws” of Christmas

by Nadine Welch, M.S., CCC-SLP

Recently, a friend of mine left a birthday dinner early in order to run through the car wash and vacuum her car, since she would be hosting a client the next day. I have no doubt she had also read over all the meeting materials and had prepared a timed agenda for their day. I commented “It takes a lot of preparation to host a business partner for a day.” “Yes,” she replied, “but you probably put in just as much time preparing for this birthday dinner.” 

She was right. I had cleaned, shopped, cooked, decorated and more. 

Do you know what also takes a lot of preparation time?  Christmas!  

It’s the middle of December. Have you mailed your Christmas cards yet? I hope you were able to capture the perfect family photo! What are you going to do for teacher gifts? How about your friends/golf buddies/pickle ball partner/nail technician? Do you have a fun and creative gift for them? Is your tree up? Are all of the lights working?! Is your menu planned? Be sure to get your groceries early. Pro tip—fresh cranberries, shoe peg corn, Knorr vegetable soup mix, straight horseradish, prime rib, Sister Schubert dinner rolls, peppermint mocha creamer and Blue Bell Peppermint ice cream all sell out before Christmas.  

Have I added stress? I’m so sorry. I’m actually a little nauseated just typing the list!  

It really is so ironic. The truth is, these unwritten laws of Christmas, for the most part, have nothing to do with the one who came to set us free. The first Christmas was about abolishing the law: “But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.”  Galatians 4:4-5. Yet here we are, creating our own set of laws—"Christmas laws”—in the name of Jesus.   

While we don’t regularly refer to our own family Christmas traditions as “law,” and while many of these traditions are beautiful and life-giving, many only add to the hectic nature of the season and only serve a purpose of fulfilling the “Christmas law.”  

In the busyness of this Advent Season, let’s stop and ask ourselves: “How does this task help me prepare for the celebration of Christ’s birth?” If you have trouble coming up with the “how” and the stress the task is causing is taking away from the holiness of the season, consider abolishing it (that law) for the year. It may free you more than you ever imagined—kind of like the Christ child!  

Oh, come let us adore Him! 

About the Author

Nadine Welch

Nadine Welch, M.S., CCC-SLP

Nadine Welch serves as the Associate Chair of Residential Academic Programs, Undergraduate Program Director, and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Welch received both her Master of Science and Bachelor of Science Degrees from Baylor University and is a Certified and Licensed Speech Language Pathologist.  

Welch specializes in the areas of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Language and Literacy. She has more than 30 years of experience in the field and has extensive training with a variety of augmentative communication vocabulary systems. Welch is a frequent presenter at the local, state, and national levels. Her duties include serving the department as an associate chair, mentoring CSD undergraduate students as the Undergraduate Program Director, teaching undergraduate and graduate classes, both residentially and online, as well as planning and conducting research in the area of AAC.