Well, its that time of the year again…its CHRISTmas. And just between me and you I don’t really like Christmas. Now don’t get your panties all up in a bunch, give me a sec and let me explain myself. I love the idea of Christmas, its a day set aside to celebrate the birthday of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Many hours of research have gone into the actuality of whether Dec 25 was the day Jesus was born and I ain’t goin into that discussion here. To me the date doesn’t matter (and if God thought it important it would have been documented), it’s a world wide day set aside to celebrate the birth of The King, and to me that is what is important. I reckon what I hate is the commercialization of Christmas. Corporate America has taken a sacred day and turned it into a day of thriftless spending…a competition you might say to buy the best gift. Christmas has taken “keepin up with the Jones'” to a whole new level of ignorance.
Families actually in competition to get the children to say that theirs was the best gift given.
But I do enjoy that Christmas brings back childhood memories of pranks and funny gifts. Empty boxes placed under the tree while parents snickered under their hands as the children tried in vain to guess what the heck was inside. Tiny gifts placed in a series of boxes so that it took half an hour to unwrap a pair of socks. Gag gifts at Christmas parties that brought smiles to all but the recipient. Oh man, those are great memories.
But have you ever gotten that one gift that was wrapped so eloquently, the paper seemed made of solid gold, edges folded to perfection, the bow a magical work of art. The wrappings so beautiful that it seemed a shame to destroy it just to see what was inside.
Well, that package represents all that is wrong with modern day Christmas. We’ve gotten lost in the wrappings and forgotten all about the actual, gift which is Jesus. This year I would like to challenge all of us (myself included) to get back to what this special day is all about. Let’s set aside the gifts and paper fer just a minute and get back to the basics. My family started a tradition 3 years ago that I would like to share with yall. On Christmas eve my wife and son go to the kitchen where they bake and decorate a cake. On Christmas morning before any gifts are opened we gather around and read Luke 2:1-14 then we light some candles on that cake and sing happy birthday to Jesus. It has become a wonderful time of sharing that I look forward to every year. Perhaps this is something yall could do or add your own personal touch to it.
John 1:14 KJV says ” And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” <===NOW THAT IS WHAT CHRISTMAS IS ALL ABOUT.