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Topic: Christmas Lights (10/30/08)
TITLE: Christmas Lights Hoopla
By Leslie Schonfeld
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“You Fools ” exclaimed my future mother-in-law. Her reaction to our announcement was not what we were hoping for. She quickly recognized our misinterpretation of her outburst and explained. “How could you get married at Christmas? I fully support your marriage but at Christmas? Isn’t it hectic enough?” We had our Christmas wedding anyway. The church was lit only by candles and Christmas lights, it was beautiful and peaceful. The twinkling lights enhanced the Holiness of the Marriage Covenant we made that day.
Twenty years have now past. She was right. Our anniversary is often over looked during the Christmas season. Why do we make it so complicated? Jesus entry into the world was certainly simple. Was all this hoopla necessary? My thoughts were interrupted by the ringing phone.
“Do you think you can find a place for the kids tomorrow night? I have something different in mind for our anniversary.” My husband was excited. So, who was I to complain? “Sure” I responded, as I added another line to my unending list.
The next evening, I found myself home alone with my husband. That in itself was a miracle. “What is the plan?” I asked
“Take out for dinner and then a walk.” My husband responded proudly
“A walk??” I thought “It’s cold, it’s December!”
After our meal, we bundled up and headed out the door. It was now dark and I was tired. Was I going to be warm enough?
We rounded a corner to a more populated street and my breath was taken away by the beauty. The houses were aglow with Christmas lights. The lights danced and shimmered on the new fallen snow. With each new display I felt myself relax a little bit more and my heart grew lighter. I was reminded of our beautiful wedding day.
“I’m glad our neighbors took the time for the hoopla” I said
“The hoopla?” my husband said looking perplexed.
“Yes, you know the trappings. The decorations, the unnecessary stuff that some how make this time of year a little more special.”
“Yeah, me too.” He replied still a little confused
I took his hand, walked a little slower, and took in a deep breath of fresh air. Quietly, in my heart, I thanked the Lord for the Christmas displays. The glowing lights were not just hoopla, they were reminders that this truly is a Holy Season.
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