I realized this year how presents-oriented I was when it came to Christmas. Christmas wasn’t about Jesus for me; it was about Christmas songs, presents, food, etc. I realized this year that I needed to focus of Jesus. It’s incredible that he came to die. We give gifts on Christmas in memory of the greatest gift ever given… but the tradition is probably drowning out its origin.
We were out driving the other day and we went past this house in our grandma’s neighborhood that had more Christmas decorations out than you can IMAGINE! Actually, the whole circle was pretty decked-out, but one house was more buried than the others (they do that at Halloween too, but we DON’T stop to admire it). There were a few simple manger-scenes, but mostly the usual… ya’ know: Snoopy in a Santa-hat and jazzy penguins in fluffy ear-muffs kinda’ thing.
We slowed down so Lucy could see, and someone told her “Christmas.” I began to feel frustrated, because that’s not what Christmas is all about. The world can say what they like, but Christmas isn’t about talking snowmen or red-nosed reindeer. It’s about JESUS.
Tell me: when did Santa get so BIG and Jesus so small? And how did we get from Saint Nicolas to Santa Claus anyway?
We were out driving around again and stopped (in our neighborhood) at a corner we call “The Garden House” where they had wrapped almost all their trees in Christmas-lights.
Dad and Lucy got out to look at them. And sitting there watching them (in the heated car 🙂 )I realized that this was nearer the mark: light.
Jesus is the light of the world. This whole celebration is about the smallest figure in our nativity-scenes. The baby.
P.S. Could you all be praying for healing for us? Michael, Spencer, and I are all coughing… not to mention that we had an ER run today because M pulled the piano-bench over on his foot. It’s not broken, which is a miracle but piano-benches, after all, are piano-benches.
He got a boot while he was there, and he keeps saying: “It will help my owie get better! Doctor gave it to me…
He’s my FAVORITE Doctor!”