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Topic: Home for Christmas (11/20/08)
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Christmas. The holiday where we celebrate the birth of our Lord (although most of us don’t live like He is Lord of our lives) and Savior (whether we like it or not – He is our only option for salvation) Jesus Christ. Generally we do it (the celebrating) by putting up tinsel and buying presents (often with money we don’t have) and sitting on Santa’s lap. Santa’s got nothing to do with the real meaning of Christmas, but that’s the way most of our shopping-on-credit culture celebrates the holiday. The true celebration is of our graciousness to Christ for his sacrifice (his whole life was for us!) which gives us life.
Home. It’s not always where you hang your hat. It’s where you hang (or unhang … or let out …) your heart. It’s where you are with … the people that you love. Tradition says that you’re with the family where you grew up. Tradition – merely for the sake of tradition – is crap. Do NOT have turkey at Thanksgiving if you don’t ENJOY turkey. If you enjoy turkey, fabulous. If you don’t… start a new tradition. Serve tuna in your celebrations if that’s what makes you happy. Don’t travel across the country (or even across a short state!) to be with family if you don’t enjoy that. Find something (or someone) you do enjoy. Start a new tradition.
Go home for Christmas. But do not do it just because it’s a tradition. Go home. Go to the people that you love. Don’t just go to what tradition says is your home.
I’m forty and married less than a year still. I have a wife and two teenagers that I’ve known less than two years. My family is less than three hours away, and I love them, and we will visit. But my real Christmas is going to be here. Right here at home. In the arms of my new family. We’re starting a new tradition.
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