I hope you’ve had a wonderful week thus far. We have been very busy getting ready for Christmas celebrations. I love the Christmas feelings.
I love strolling through the stores that have pretty decorations and holiday music playing, picking special gifts out for my friends and family. I love bundling up and seeing my breath come out in puffs. When it does snow, I enjoy watching it float softly to the ground as I sit inside reading a book or writing. I love hot chocolate with cinnamon or peppermint. Currently, I am sitting on the couch, in the living room, next to the Christmas tree, sipping on orange spice tea, out of a cute Christmas-y mug, writing this blog post. But WAIT.
Hold on here…. Something is missing. Something is wrong. Where’s Jesus Christ in all of this holiday fuss?
I’d like to see an experiment where a family celebrates one Christmas without the tree and shining lights, without the gifts (any gifts), without a big Christmas feast, and without special Christmas music. Without all of the traditions that most Christian families hold to. I think that it’s fairly safe to say that the family would feel… maybe… at a loss of some sort. The world has put so much into this holiday.
Don’t get me wrong! I love every bit of the fuss that goes into this wonderful time of year! So many of the Christmas songs have deep, beautiful meaning. We get to spend time with our family and friends. We show our love and appreciation by sending out letters and giving small treasures to each other.
But, in all the hoopla that goes into this holiday, we often tend to have Jesus in the back of our minds. We tend to take Him for granted. I mean, that’s like going to someone’s birthday party just for the cake and ice cream! Ok, bad illustration… but that’s pretty much it, right? When did all of the extra stuff become so important to us?
Jesus should be on the forefront of our mind. We wouldn’t be having any Christmas celebrations if He didn’t come to be born on earth. And WHY did He come to be born on earth?
He saved us from our sins. So, in reality, we’re celebrating Resurrection Sunday. We have to be careful… so much had been added to this holiday that Jesus gets pushed to the side. Instead, families today are teaching their beloved children about Santa Claus. They’re teaching them about a fictional character that someday will be forgotten, whereas Jesus is never forgotten.
Have a blessed night, and I’ll write more on Saturday. I’ll post some of Schylie’s story (click here for Part 1) and I’ll be wishing you guys a merry CHRISTmas! 😀