I am so sick of society trying to shove its version of Christmas down my throat.
It starts at Thanksgiving, when the newspaper becomes two inches thicker with all the “throw your money my way” commercialism ads. Rudeness on the road and in the stores is “trending.”
People focus on the perfect gift to buy. We already have the perfect gift, YOU!
I choose non-commercialism this holiday. If I want to buy and send a Christmas card to a loved one, it is because I want them to know “Jesus is the reason for the season,” not because Kohl’s is having a special on teddy bear cards. What do teddy bears have to do with your birth?
I am more and more resistant to even buying gifts. Not because I am a scrooge but because YOU deserve our gifts. Our gift to you should be focusing time to reflect on your birth and worshipping you. Why can’t a company guarantee that gift instead of guaranteeing a new iPad delivery by Christmas?
How can a person feel Christmas love when they are focused on cooking for the countless parties they are invited to or having, cleaning their big houses, finding the perfect outfits for the holidays, buying the “end all, beat all” gifts, putting up lights and trees inside and outside their home. ALL of these rituals are taking away from focusing on YOU. These rituals impress people, not you, from where I stand.
My version of Christmas is what happened yesterday. My friend’s husband died a few months ago and after attending a work Christmas function, we sat in the car for two hours and I just listened to her grief. You love me and listen to my every woe and you gave me a chance to give that love to a friend in need. I saw another example at a friend’s church where the pastor’s wife and some church children practiced a Christmas play for months, not for money, but for the pastor to ask if God is knocking on anyone’s heart at the end of the play.
A scripture comes to mind, Col 3:23-24. I want to serve you always Jesus, during Christmas and every other day of my life.
Thank you for coming to earth and giving us a Merry CHRISTmas. Christmas is all about you, please help us down here to remember that Jesus.