It’s Christmas Time Baby!

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You hear that sound?  It’s the clip-clop of rushing feet, scurrying around town, rushing from stop to stop .  It’s the cheerful holiday music, persuading us to set aside the realities of life and just be happy, happy, happy.  It’s the continual swipe of our credit cards, purchasing gifts for loved ones.  It’s the clanking of dishes as we prepare cookies and foods to enjoy.  It’s the honking of horns and raising of voices as we get frustrated with the rush of it all.

This, my friends, is Christmas in America.

I mean really, is this what Christmas is all about?  We put so much pressure on ourselves.  We have created a cultural norm centered around commercialism and doing things the “right” way.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas.  I’m a goofball really.  I’m constantly singing songs, taking the back roads to look at lights and I play a mean mouth-horn…that’s for another story.

There’s also really good people out there who transform lives during this time of year.  Unfortunately, it really seems like a rarity these days.

So here’s my worry…..through all of the rushing, eating, giving, receiving, singing…..I’m worried that we may lose focus a bit on what Christmas is really about.

It’s about a man named Jesus Christ, as the first 6 letters of the word Christmas represent.  It’s a celebration of His birth and all that Jesus stood for.

This Jesus guy has single-handedly changed history.  The majority of modern scholars agree that Jesus was a real person who made a real impact on history.  Whatever you believe about His divinity is up to you….but one thing you can’t deny is this; no other person in history has ever been talked about more.  No other person in history has caused as much controversy.  No other person in history has had as many books written about him/her.

In my case, as a Christian, I celebrate Jesus as God.  I remember His birth and I thank God for His place in history.  He ended up dying on a cross for humanity, providing a free path to Heaven by His grace.  God has changed my life and this is the time of season that I get to focus on that.

To be honest, I totally lose focus of this all the time.  I, too, get caught up in the hustle and bustle.  I find myself getting more excited about the seasonal beers vs. the quiet times to reflect.

I mean, shoot, is it possible to have a great Christmas season while honoring Jesus at the same time?  You bet.  Really, with Jesus as the focus, the food tastes better, the crowds feel calmer and relationships feel closer.  We need Him….we’re wired to need Him.  He created us after all.

I’m thankful.

God Bless,

Paul

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2 thoughts on “It’s Christmas Time Baby!

  1. I’m not exactly humbug, but we don’t ‘do’ Christmas anymore, except for the young kids. Other folks can cheer it up all they want, I’m down with it. Just personally up for it.

    We don’t wait to give gifts… If we see something we think the other will like, we get it and give it right away. I try my best to be loving and giving no matter what season. (I don’t always succeed, but there you have it.)

    I love the decorations, but I don’t decorate our house anymore. That is a little sad, but frankly the fact that Christmas starts right after Halloween really bums me out and burns me out. About the only concession I make for the season is saying Merry Christmas to folks. After Thanksgiving!

    For me, Christmas is about spending time with my loved ones, not money. That is what makes my heart sing.

    Okay, and a favorite Christmas tune. 🙂

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    • You know Kristi, I can see where you’re coming from. It’s like people are jerks 11 months of the year and suddenly flip a switch and open their wallets for one month only. That’s not what Christmas is about, I agree. It sounds like your priorities are straight. Thanks, as always, for reading!

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