I’ve been thinking a lot about Christmas lately. How busy and commercial it has become. Our calendar is full with events others have planned for us, work parties, school parties, fund raisers, festive dinners and programs. They fill up the calendar and keep us so busy, we barely have time to get all the presents purchased for the gift exchanges and all the food prepared for the potlucks let alone contemplate the true reason for the season!
In the midst of all these events, we managed to carve out a few hours on two separate days to assemble and decorate the tree. (A task I am not sure I will continue after the girls are grown. ) At first, I thought I might be becoming cynical. But after much introspection, I realized that instead of being cynical, I am longing to focus on the original reason for celebrating Christmas. While we were out the other day we saw a beautifully hand carved nativity scene. I was captivated by it. Now that is a Christmas decoration which I can get excited about! Perhaps, I’ll start collecting Nativity scenes and put them up instead of the tree. But the truth be known, after these precious girls grow up, I will probably sentimentally place every ornament haphazardly on the tree, in remembrance of when they were little and decorated it.
So, Christmas is on its way and is being ushered in by all sorts of festivities, merriment and even obligations. As it nears, I struggle not to allow the true reason for the season’s celebration to get trampled by Santa’s reindeer and left behind, unnoticed. I heard that instead of calling it Christmas Vacation, that some schools, are calling it, “holiday” vacation or even “winter” break in attempts to become politically correct. But to this I shout a resounding “NO!” This is our season, this is our holiday. CHRISTmas, the celebration of Christ’s Birth. So this year, you will not see me wearing a Santa’s hat and boasting Happy Holidays. Instead I choose to remember…..
Jesus the Light of the World, humbled himself and became a baby, lived an obedient life and laid down that life to pay the price for our sins. Now that is true reason to celebrate!