It’s the first week of December. And as Christmas is drawing near, I find myself not “feeling Christmassy” AT ALL. There’s no inclination to put up the tree yet. No thoughts of digging out the decorations. Though I am considering writing a mad batch of Christmas cards to send. Mulling over this lack of enthusiasm for the season, I realize it’s because the constant innundating of commercials and over the top Christmas sales ads have made this time into something superficial, hollow and empty….when it should be one of the most joyful and thankful seasons we Christians celebrate. I tend to find myself sliding into the frency and this year, I just don’t want to take part in it.
I think all of us have children in our lives whether our own or our friends’/families’ children and I feel a deep need to start changing our and their generation’s perception of Christmas…to refocus it on Christ. I’m sure we’ve all seen kids rip through their mountains of gifts so fast they barely saw what was in their hands before tossing it aside to open the next gift. And while most have been taught in Sunday School that “It’s better to give than receive”…or that “Jesus is the Reason for the Season”….sometimes it’s really hard to live that out. Myself included!
What if we said something very radical and un-American, like: “Our family is going to celebrate Jesus this year in a manner worthy of a humble Savior who was born to two poor teenagers in a barn and yet still managed to rescue humanity.”
This quote is from “The Christmas Conundrum“…a blog post passed by one of my pastors….it’s a great read, with great but challenging ideas on how to start reclaiming Christmas for Christ. Hope it’ll encourage you (to encourage others) to break from the cultural norms of consumerism we’re surrounded with. Hope there’s meaningful ideas in there to add to your traditions. There certainly is for me.
Let’s do Christmas differently…joyously.