I reread yesterdays’ post, and it struck me as kind of sad. So in an effort to try to get in the spirit, and proove that I’m not some sort of Scrooge (Bah, humbug! Just kidding :)), here is a Flashback Friday post about the true meaning of Christmas, that I wrote back in August. Enjoy, and please accept my apologies for the melancholy post from yesterday.
We Need A Little Christmas Now
It’s about 100 degrees outside on a August day in Texas. Of course, there is no snow, ice, wind, or even that much of a breeze. No one has their Christmas lights up, there are no carols being played on the radio, no cheesy or classic holiday movies on TV. So why exactly am I talking about Christmas, on a day like today?
Well one, it’s only four months away(!). Another reason is because right now, we really could use a little Christmas! Think about it, what does the word “Christmas” bring to mind for you? No, not the buying of gifts, and trying to get everything your kids want, or anything like that. But the meaning of the word–Christmas.
Think back to your childhood, way back before the skepticism of the world crept in, before someone ruined the innocence of believing in the spirit of Christmas for you. Remember how that felt? The joy that you felt in the month leading up to that special day. That time when people opened doors for others, and smiled at strangers, and warmly wished them “Merry Christmas”. Is it all starting to come back to you now?
With everything going on in the world today, the political mess, the economy, the fighting and struggling, Christmas offers us an escape. Perhaps that’s why God choose that time of year for us to celebrate the birth of His Son. Because after a year of all this worldly mess, He knew we needed at least a few weeks, where we would try our best to be like Him.
At Christmas, we give, share, are less judgmental, more forgiving, and easier to live with. We are as my favorite Christmas quote says, “the people we always hoped we would be.” I would hope that no, as the year inches forward to that special time, you would begin to prepare your heart. Not for the day or even the month, but for the spirit of the season!
From the bottom of my heart–I wish you all a Merry Season of Christmas!