Do you ever just step back and look at the way things are going around you and wonder why they’re going that way? I do. And sometimes, like the end of every year, I just don’t get it. Maybe someone can explain these things about the holidays to me…
–Standing in line to buy stuff for people that don’t really want it, who are also standing in line to buy stuff for you that you don’t really want. What if we just spent that time doing something together for someone else who actually needs our help?
–Parents enduring untold stress to “protect” their children from finding out that Santa’s not really a part of this whole thing we call reality. Santa’s a fun character. Let him be fun, but ask yourself why are you working so hard to maintain a lie?
–“The Sweater Team Photo” – Sorry mom, we don’t really want to look like the Partridge family in our matching mohair for the latest Christmas photo op.
–Adults fighting over toys in stores – and (the near tangent) parents desperately seeking “this year’s Elmo”. Seriously people, your child’s Christmas will not be ruined if they don’t get the poo-poo pet or PS720 or whatever else “the hot new thing” is supposed to be next year.
–Why no one ever does a Christmas play re-enacting the Revelation 12 account of Jesus’ advent? Really, go look it up. This whole Christmas thing isn’t just about a baby in a manger and family time and presents and bowl games, it’s about the winning salvo in a war much larger than we may imagine.
-Thinking that coercing someone into saying “Merry Christmas” is some kind of victory. We can’t expect the world to tell our story. That’s our job.
The baby in the manger came for a reason. He had a mission that he passed on to his followers, to be carried out until he comes again. Don’t misplace your part in that mission among the tinsel and figgy-pudding.