It seems like we’re just so busy these days. From the moment the first store opened on Thanksgiving Day all the way through New Year’s Day, this time of year seems to be so chaotic. There are evenings where we have to get the kids to their Christmas play, sporting events, and cheer practice. Other days we are getting ready for work Christmas parties and gatherings with the neighbors, and the white elephant gifts that you have to get for the work Christmas gift exchange. We also have to get the house ready for the in-laws who are coming to stay for the entire week of Christmas, and make sure we make plans for meals that adhere to a special diet that uncle Jim is now on due to his diabetes.
Maybe you’ve already made room in the budget for six new strings of Christmas lights, and this year you’re going to go with a fake tree, even though the kids are not fond of the idea. To join the mechanical reindeer on display out in the front yard this year, there is a new blowup Olaf donning a red hat and glowing in holiday celebration. Although there’s very little that a snowman from a recent Disney movie has to do with Christmas, Olaf seems right at home in the middle of the yard.
The new TV purchased on Black Friday looks really good. Didn’t get a whole lot of Christmas gifts that day, but did get some good stuff for around the house. There’s a lady at work who is tying little bells to her shoes and it’s somewhat annoying listening to the jingle-jangle every time she walks. Even though there is a quart of eggnog in the fridge, we never really finish it all. Sitting with the kids and watching Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer on TV, and it seems they don’t feel the magic that we used to feel. It’s kind of sad.
Yes, this is Christmas, a traditional American Christmas.
Growing up as a kid, my parents always made sure that Jesus was the center of our Christmas. Yes, we gave gifts and participated in every traditional secular Christmas celebration, but it was never far from our mind why we were actually celebrating. Without Jesus there is no Christmas. Without the birth of Jesus there is no need for Black Friday. Without the birth of Jesus there would be no tree, no gifts, no work Christmas parties, no white elephant gifts, and no strings of Christmas lights hanging off of our homes.
More and more it seems that it’s becoming difficult to find Jesus Christ in Christmas celebrations anywhere outside the church, or find references to our Lord and Savior in media of any kind. Sometimes I wonder ‘where did Christ go for Christmas?’ Where did the world put him? I certainly hope that He isn’t lost in your Christmas this year.
Could you do me a favor? Could you please tell someone about the birth of Jesus this year? Remind someone why we celebrate. Remind them about the one who gave His life for ours. Remind them that the Messiah was born in Bethlehem. Jesus was never too busy for us. Maybe we could use to be a little less busy this season for Him.
Until next month, God Bless.